article: lack of adequate sleep can affect insulin effectiveness

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LanieG
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   Posted 5/5/2010 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Another reason to make sure we are getting enough sleep.
 
 
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   Posted 5/5/2010 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Interesting, since I have great difficulty sleeping more than five to six hours.

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   Posted 5/5/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Great! Now I have something else to worry about when I can't get to sleep. tongue
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   Posted 5/6/2010 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
tongue    No sleep -> high blood sugar -> worry -> no sleep -> high blood sugar .........
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jujub
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   Posted 5/6/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Get this: my 2 hour after the Cinco de Mayo party (no booze, just tortillas) was 117. I couldn't sleep last night, so at 2:30 this morning I checked just on a whim. 109. When I got up at 7:30 and did my morning fasting, it was 132. And let's see, I ate what in between those two readings? Oh, that's right - NOTHING.

I may just start paying attention to the averages rather than the individual readings.

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   Posted 5/6/2010 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
We had a discussion about fluctuating numbers a while back with a member who was scrupulous about his readings and food plan almost to the point of not eating enough to keep a bird alive. Anyway, he was always questioning his readings and we kept trying to explain that it isn't just carbs, it's carbs plus fats, it's exercise, it's stress, it's because the day ends in Y...

Finally we hit on a solution that must have helped because he doesn't post any more. We all told him that the meter is to help you recognize the foods that trigger highs and that the food plan is a guideline but that none of this is the Law of the Land. I think he learned to back off a bit. I got the feeling that he felt guilty if his sugars were high or low... like he did'nt want them to fluctuate at all. I kept on saying, "guideline, guideline" not rigid rules, but guides. I know that those numbers can be punishing if you have made really good choices and still go high. All you can do is stay the course and add meds and exercise as needed. Even then the reward may be a progression of the disease over which we have no control.

Sometimes diabetes feels like I'm dancing with a stranger... Never know when it's going to bump into me or step on my foot... so I just smile and try to keep time to the music and hope for the best.
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jujub
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   Posted 5/7/2010 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
"Dancing with a stranger" - I like that!

To support the sleep article, I slept 7 1/2 hours last night. This morning my BS was 112, about 10 lower than most mornings.

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   Posted 5/7/2010 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
One of my problems lately is that I can't sleep for more than a few hours at a time.

I've actually developed a lovely new routine of: falling dead asleep around 10-11PM, waking wide up around 1:30-2:30AM till about 4:30-5:30AM, and getting an hour maybe two before I really get up and start my day. Broken-up 4, 5, and 6 hours of sleep a night is not enough, I know.

I've started medication to help with this because I can tell you with certainty that lack of/disrupted sleep has had an effect on my BGLs, my mood, my energy level, just to name a few. I just had my best A1C ever but it was at the expense of a LOT of wee-hour hypos. Not fun so, I'm looking to get that sleep thing under control to help control the blood sugar stuff.

Isn't it great how everything is related? :-)

Kris
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- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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