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How Sleep Apnea Affects Blood Glucose and Diabetes?

You are feeling so tired after completing your day in the office. After dinner, as soon as your head get the support of a pillow, you’re asleep. But after half an hour, someone nudges you awake. You again manage to go back to sleep. Again after a while when you were into a deep sleep, something nudged you again. The cycle of sleep and nudge continues all night long.

The next day, you wake up tired. You get impulsive over everything, even you snap at your family over breakfast table, and do not able to concentrate on work or anything. You may be getting those nudges because of obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. Your body is fighting for air!

Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

Sleep Deprivation Due To Sleep Apnea

There are evidences that sleep apnea could lead to pre-diabetic state. Your body reacts to the sleep loss; which affects insulin resistance. Our body uses glucose for energy and insulin’s job is to help in the process. Insulin resistance results in high blood sugar level. Diabetes condition occurs when; either cell do not able to use the insulin due to insulin resistance or body itself does not produce enough insulin. When insulin is inactive, high blood sugar levels build in the body that can harm nerves, heart, eyes or kidneys.

Link between Sleep apnea and Weight

Studies show that people with lack of sleep are heavier than people who take a restful of sleep every night. Being obese may also cause diabetes. Excess weight may be a reason for both the diabetes as well as sleep apnea. Weight causes fat deposits around the neck and that also abstract breathing. So, it proves that being obese is a risk factor for both the problem.

Also Read: Weight Loss Should be the First Step to Control Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can disrupt a person many times during sleep, which can increase the risk of diabetes or worsen a pre-existing diabetic condition.

Take Adequate Sleep

A sleep study is conducted to diagnose a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Once it is diagnosed various effective treatments are suggested. These include lifestyle changes such as dietary precautions, weight loss for an average level problem and devices to open up blocks for more severe conditions.

Sleep is Important of All

Sleep is very important for your body’s proper functioning and while you are already a diabetes patient you need to be more careful about your sleep because you are more prone to feel less energetic and experience fatigue when your body goes off its everyday sleep routine. Proper sleep has as vital role as proper diet for a diabetes patient.

Determine Effective Sleep Routine

Sleep requirement differ from person to person. It is you who have to decide how much sleep you need every night to ensure a restful of sleep. On average, 7 to 8 hours of sleep is considered enough for an adult. However, it can be as shorter as four hours or long as 10 or 11 hours.