Sleep Issues and Diabetes

Sleep Issues and Diabetes

We know many of the ways diabetes affects diet and health but what kind of effects does diabetes have on sleep? Let’s take a look.

Sleep issues do not necessarily occur in all people with diabetes. However, problems during sleep can be the result of certain symptoms of diabetes. For instance, high glucose levels cause dehydration which prompts you to drink more which then leads to more frequent urination. If your glucose is high at night your sleep could be interrupted by the urge to go to the bathroom.

Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

A 2009 study revealed 86 percent of participants had sleep apnea in addition to diabetes. It’s the most common sleep disorder in people with diabetes though it is more commonly found in people with type 2 diabetes. The most common signs of sleep apnea are fatigue and strong snoring during sleep.

Other sleep issues often experienced by people with diabetes include restless leg syndrome and insomnia. To learn more about the link between diabetes and sleep issues check out this article by Healthline.

If you are diabetic and are struggling with sleeping problems, particularly those possibly related to sleep apnea, Renew Dental may be able to help you start getting better sleep through the use of an oral sleep appliance. To find out if we can help, request an appointment to undergo a Sleep Apnea Risk Evaluation screening and we’ll consult with you on the next best steps for treatment. If sleep dentistry is a good option for you, we’ll work closely with your physician to get you back to a good night’s sleep.

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