When you’re a diabetic, almost everything in your life revolves around maintaining a normal blood sugar level. But while you might be doing everything you can to eat right, exercise regularly and take your medication on time, you might be ignoring one major factor that could influence your sugar levels. One study found that sleep deprivation could seriously hamper your body’s ability to regulate glucose. Another study by Columbia University found that among 68,000 women, those who slept for five hours or less every night had a 15% more chance of developing obesity than those who slept for seven hours or more. If you want to maintain a healthy weight and stable blood sugar levels, here are seven tips to help you sleep better.
1. Try To Eat An Early Dinner
Going to bed feeling like your tummy might burst with all the food you’ve eaten isn’t the best way to fall asleep. If you’ve eaten your dinner too close to your bedtime, you’re going to feel stuffed. Try to eat your dinner at least 2 or 3 hours before you sleep so you aren’t too full to fall asleep. If you’re an evening snacker, make sure these snacks don’t exceed 200 calories. Eating too much and having trouble falling asleep can also get you caught up in a vicious cycle. Too little sleep increases your production of ghrelin (the hormone that makes you hungry) and lowers leptin (the hormone that tells you you’re full). This means you’re going to end up continuing to eat more and sleep less.