Believe it or not, the amount of sleep you get each night can affect your blood sugar control. While we’re sleeping, our bodies make a hormone called leptin, which curbs appetite. If we’re not getting enough sleep, our bodies may not be able to make enough of this important hormone, which could result in overeating and out of control blood sugars. And lack of sleep affects more than just our eating habits; it can cause more stress, lack of energy and decrease our total health. Aim for at least seven hours of sleep per night.
It’s simple really! Try it this evening–turn that TV off or put down that book an hour earlier and head for bed. Not only will your blood sugars improve but you’ll feel better too! If you need some help getting to sleep or staying asleep, contact the sleep center at St. Anthony’s.