How Does Blood Sugar Affect Sleep

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Sugar And Insomnia

Disease or hormone imbalance? I have been plagued by insomnia for years and years. I have attributed it to many things and have been diagnosed with a variety of “disease states”. Depression is associated with insomnia, check. Too much stress from the loss of loved ones to the stresses of medical school and residency, check. The perils and pitfalls of perimenopause and menopause, check. But, I have discovered a new one that gets barely a mention and is thought to be inconsequential by most physicians, and I believe it may be contributing to the legions of people suffering from insomnia in our society. This is the complex biology of blood sugar regulation. Blood sugar and cortisol For the last several years, I have suffered from that 2-3 AM awakening, and am unable to go back to sleep. In fact, it has actually gotten worse over the years, but is inconsistent with periods of severe insomnia, awakening with a pounding heart and a feeling of anxiety and sweating. My hormones are perfectly balanced, I eat an organic diet and I exercise, so why can’t I SLEEP?! I have asked my professors and colleagues and have gotten many theories and suggestions but nothing has worked. One night as Continue reading >>

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  1. lipsie

    How does your sleep affect your sugar levels?

    Just curious to know how other people respond with less/more sleep than normal with their sugar readings? I am not sure about over sleeping because I don't know the meaning of that,lol but little sleep definately makes my sugars run low. Thanks! Sheila

  2. ownedmanatee

    I don't know if this applies to everyone, but the less sleep I get, the higher my wake up BG.

  3. DawnRPenque

    So much of diabetes has nothing to do with what you eat. When you do not eat your liver releases glucose into your bloodstream naturally, it's just that a diabetic does not have the insulin or the two aren't working well together as in type II Diabetes and your blood sugar levels go up. There are medications that can treat that. Janumet (metformin and januvia) and Byetta. Both worked very well for me but the insurance companies don't pay for them because they are not generic.

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