How can my type 2 diabetes affect my sleep?
There are many things that can affect your sleep. Specifically, for those with type 2 diabetes who could struggle with:
- Night time urination – when blood glucose levels are high, the kidneys overcompensate by causing frequent urination
- Sleep apnoea – more commonly found in people with type 2 diabetes mainly because people in this group often carry excess weight which can restrict their air passages
- Increased thirst and headaches – when your body has excess glucose, it draws water from the tissues which can make you feel dehydrated
- Diabetes distress – diabetes distress is an emotional state where people experience feelings such as stress, guilt or denial that can arise from living with diabetes and the burden of self-management which can keep you awake with worry
- Complications of diabetes – sometimes pain and discomfort can keep you awake, and this can relate to peripheral neuropathy, or periodontal disease
- Medication side effects – the side effects could cause an increase in urination or muscle cramps
If you are experiencing issues with sleeping and are concerned, please speak to your diabetes healthcare team or GP.
You can find our tips on how to get a better sleep here
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