Globally, diabetes is responsible for more than 425 million cases in 2018 according to the International Diabetes Federation.

It is a condition where your body is unable to produce insulin. There are two types of diabetes. The first type of diabetes is hereditary while the second type of diabetes is due to your lifestyle and habits.

While diabetes affects your blood sugar level, it can also cause complications especially heart diseases. However, does diabetes affect your sleep? Let’s dive into this article to find out more about this.  

How diabetes correlates with your sleep

Having diabetes does not necessarily mean that the illness affects your sleep. Instead, sleep deprivation can reveal several symptoms of diabetes. Here is how we can see the correlation between sleep deprivation and diabetes.

One of the symptoms of diabetes is frequent urination. This is generally due to the high sugar levels at night that resulted in the urge to use the bathroom.

Another symptom of diabetes is a constant thirst that is caused by the extra glucose in your body. The feeling of dehydration may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night for a glass of water.

These symptoms obviously will meddle with your good night sleep, and it is essential to consult your healthcare provider.

Sleep disorders that are caused by diabetes

Although it was said above that diabetes does not necessarily impact your sleep, there are sleep disturbances that occur because of diabetes.

These sleep disorders are none other than sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.

Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder that is caused by diabetes. For those who are not familiar with sleep apnea, it is a condition where your breathing suddenly and repeatedly stops during your sleep. Commonly, sleep apnea can be avoided by wearing certain devices when sleeping to ensure that your throat opens for air.

Sleep apnea is commonly associated with type 2 diabetes and most commonly found with people who are obese.

As for Restless leg syndrome (RLS), it is characterised by a constant urge to move your legs. RLS occurs due to iron deficiency with the risks including high blood glucose level, kidney problems, and thyroid symptoms.

How to improve sleep problems when you have diabetes

With diabetes type 2, it is harder to have a good night sleep. Therefore, it is vital for you always to prioritise sleep before anything else. As rest is crucial to maintaining your body function and your mental health, it is also important to understand how to improve your sleep even when you have type 2 diabetes.

By reducing your caffeine intake, you can significantly decrease the urge to urinate at night. Additionally, creating a constant and fixed sleeping schedule can train your body to recognise the sleeping time and be disciplined about it.

Keeping your blood sugar level maintained can reduce the risk of waking up at night. To keep your blood sugar level, you first need to consult about the treatment plans with your healthcare provider.

If you are still having trouble sleeping, do not hesitate to visit a therapist immediately. You can also try Okadoc app to book a consultation with a medical practitioner.