My blog today will deal with how much sleep do diabetics really need. I recently read an article on the Everyday health website dealing with how sleep can affect ones own mortality. They discussed how 7 or 8 hours sleep is better than 9 or more. They discussed how sleeping too much can result in further health problems and could therefore cause a premature death.
Diabetes makes you tired as it is. It could be your medication, lack of exercise, or oversleeping. I myself feel much better when I sleep 7 to 8 hours , as opposed to 9. I try to stick to a normal sleep schedule. Exercise makes you more alert and less drowsy. Even with the current Covid crisis you can still take a walk in the park or around the block.
I think oversleeping can be harmful because it causes drowsiness. At this time with Covid we may have days where we fall into a depression, worrying about our health, job security, and the uncertainty of the future. If you feel depressed or run down, seek help from friends, family, and even a psychiatrist. When I was in college, long before I was a diabetic, I fell into a deep depression. I wasn’t doing well in school, had a limited social life and worked maybe a little too much. I was also in love. All these factors made me seek help from a shrink. It made me feel better to discuss my problems with an objective ear. So always remember to seek help from your friends and family most of all, and if you have to talk to a mental health expert.
I think another contributing factor to oversleeping is what we eat. Portion control is a must. Stay away from fried foods, excessive alcohol consumption, rich foods that are high in carbs, and poor snack choices like potato chips or sugary cookies and cakes. Stick to a low carb diet and only eat desserts and snacks that are sugar free, or low in sugar. I always discuss with my diabetic doctor what foods are the healthiest. A good piece of advice she gave me was if the ingredients of what you’re eating is a long paragraph, avoid it.
My final thought would be for my fellow amputees. I had several toes removed and sometimes my feet swell or my legs stiffen. I elevate my feet with two pillows every night before I go to sleep, even if my feet aren’t swollen. This reduces cramping and stiffness in my legs and feet. It helps me sleep better. I’m a side sleeper and sometimes my left leg will get stiff.
I hope these tips are helpful. Consult with your doctors if you have a serious sleep problem due to cramping, poor diet or depression. Don’t be afraid to seek help from a shrink if you need to. It helped me. You should always talk to your friends and family first about any form of depression. My biggest problem now is getting back to exercising regularly. I’m working on it . I hope we all can continue to fight and hopefully get a cure someday to diabetes.
My next blog will deal with how blogging can ease your anxiety as a diabetic. Stay healthy and safe!