The holidays are full of joy, food, family, gifts, and probably some late nights.  But, sleepless nights are not good for anyone, especially for those with a chronic illness such as diabetes. Insufficient sleep, especially sleep duration and quality, have been linked to the development of several chronic illnesses and conditions.

Research has shown that sleeping patterns affect Hemoglobin A1c levels, an important marker for blood sugar control. Additionally, research suggests that improving sleep patterns could help with type 2 diabetes management.

If you have type 2 diabetes, here are some ways to improve your sleep habits (original article Healthy Sleep habits):

  • Turn off all electronic devices at least 30 minutes before your bedtime.
  • Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Set your bedtime early enough to get at least 7 hours of sleep every day.
  • If you are not sleepy, don’t go to bed.
  • Set a relaxing bedtime routine like doing bedtime yoga.
  • Use your bed only for sleeping.
  • Make sure the bedroom is comfortable, relaxing, and at a good temperature.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Reduce your fluid intake before going to bed.

Diabetes can’t be cured but it can be managed with the right plan. If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, consider participating in a research study at Bandera Family Health Care Research. At BFHC we are committed to understanding and finding better ways to manage type 2 diabetes. Volunteers who qualify for our studies receive study-related care and medication at no cost, gain a better understanding of their condition and may have access to possible new treatment options not yet available to the public. Compensation for time and travel may also be available. Click below to learn more!