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The importance of sleep for people with diabetes

By Chris Saunderson

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PEOPLE with diabetes have been urged to be aware of the importance of sleep in dealing with their condition.

Getting a good sleep at night is vital for your health.
Getting a good sleep at night is vital for your health.

The past months have been difficult for everybody but for people with diabetes and other long-term conditions, it has been especially difficult, says Jenny Hirst of the InDependent Diabetes Trust.

It has also been an anxious time for people with diabetes for several reasons, for example because they have been unable to have their routine health checks. This can result in difficulty sleeping.

Jenny added: "Many of us have the odd restless night and although it may leave us feeling tired and irritable the next day, it does not have the negative impact that long-term disturbed or poor quality sleep has on our health.

"Most of us need between 7 and 9 hours sleep per night and getting more or less than these amounts can be the cause of a range of health problems, some of which are more serious than others. They can include sleep apnoea, heart disease, obesity, stress and depression."

For people with diabetes, good sleep is crucial.
For people with diabetes, good sleep is crucial.

The InDependent Diabetes Trust has published a new booklet - "Diabetes – The Importance of Sleep", which discusses the benefits of improving the quality of sleep, how to get more sleep and also changing habits to try to make longer term improvements.

The booklet also discusses Restless Leg Syndrome, a common disorder that can affect anyone and causes people to want to move their legs, again this can lead to long sleepless nights.

"We can help people to learn more about their diabetes and sleep and how to look after themselves through our free our booklets.

"All our booklets are free. They can obtain copies of Diabetes – The Importance of Sleep and any of our other booklets by contacting IDDT: telephone 01604 622837 or email: jenny@iddtinternational.org"

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