Sleeping Problems in Diabetes
can relate to your diabetes. How can that be possible you wonder? Well compared with nondiabetics, we may experience excessive daytime sleepiness. And if there is any type of neuropathy,there is usually leg pains or bad sensations that cause insomnia.
In brittle diabetics, (those diabetics that are very hard to control), sleeping is difficult at nighttime because of the rapid changes in blood glucose levels.
This causes a lot of anxiety much of the time, and especially at night, preventing you from getting your needed rest.
Some sleeping problems with diabetes could relate with obesity, such as sleep apnea. Trouble breathing during sleep, goes together with impaired glucose tolerance, and the insulin resistance you may have. A common type of sleep apnea, known as obstructive sleep apnea, is a sleep disordered breathing. There is also another type called central-type apnea where periodic breathing problems have been experienced in people with autonomic diabetic neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy also is another common source for sleeping troubles in diabetics. Restless legs syndrome can cause many disturbances, which contribute to sleeplessness in some people with diabetes.
How do you manage sleeping problems and your diabetes? First of all recognize what problems you have concerning this issue. Do you snore loudly? Is falling asleep hard for you? Do you suddenly gasp for air or have lapses in breathing?
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Do you have painful neuropathies, or frozen shoulder with a lot of pain?
Once you have been evaluated for these problems with your doctor, what will you do to get some needed rest? There are several things to be done once the real issues are discovered.
For obstructive sleep apnea, weight loss helps to relieve obesity related problems. Also the identifications of anatomic and functional airway problems and treatment help. Conitnuous airway pressure and some physical activity before bedtime hours has been known to help.
If you have restless leg syndrome problems, dopmine agonist medications, and benzodiazepines have been prescribed by doctors to help this problem.
For your peripheral neuropathies, there should be great focus by your doctor on controlling pains associated with that problem. Antidepressants such as Zoloft for instance work to help you sleep, and feel better the next day, being able to live life.
Behavorial management helps a lot of people in the management of insomnia. Relaxation therapies help, and I myself, find that reading my books until very sleepy helps tremendously. Reading until you are almost asleep on the book will work well for many people. This is a great behavorial strategy. Set a time to get to bed, read a book, and sleep will eventually come.
Your sleeping problem could also be due to the circadian rhythm. Read that article here.
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