Diet, Exercise, Meds…And Sleep

Sleep

For so long I have thought Diet, Exercise and Meds were the most important elements to gaining control over Diabetes.  And they are.  But, there is one more thing – Sleep.  Yep, plain, good ol’ wake-up-with-an-alarm-clock sleep.

Every site I have ever looked at mentions the Diet, Exercise and Meds – and this one does it a lot.  But there is one thing that is not emphasized nearly enough.  I could keep it a mystery and not tell you.  But, somehow I think the cat is out of the bag.  Sleep.  Magical, restorative sleep is what is not talked about…and what most of us don’t get enough of.

It’s so simple.  If you don’t get enough rest – sleep – how can you ever fight a war?  Lack of rest makes it harder to control urges to have that piece of pie, or sugary drink, or milk shake…or whatever.  It just makes it harder to say no when you are tired.

My doctor tells me to try and get 8 hours of sleep a night.  Well, that isn’t happening.  I’m lucky if I get about 6 hours and that is something I have to change.  I know it’s hard for others, as well.  Life pushes in and sometimes the only restful time is after everyone has gone to bed and you are able to enjoy the peace and quiet.  It’s time that you can use as you want.  I understand.

But, here’s the thing.  Our bodies were designed to get a certain amount of sleep and if you don’t get it, you are making your battle with Diabetes so much more difficult.  I don’t know the science behind it, I just know it from personal experience.  Maybe we will get lucky and someone will let us all know.

As it is, strive for the right amount of sleep so you can be your best.  Rest will give you the strength to fight the battle and win the War.

As always, thank you for reading…and good night.  Get your rest.

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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