Episode #42: How to Sleep Better with T1D

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Restful sleep with T1D can be hard to come by. You wake up when your blood sugar is high. You wake up when your blood sugar is low. You may have trouble falling asleep because you are worried about high or low blood sugar in the middle of the night. And let’s not even talk about the alerts and alarms that wake you up!

When you don’t sleep well, your blood sugars, mood, and energy level suffer. You want to figure out what to do, but nothing you do seems to work!

You can sleep well with T1D, and you’ll learn how on this episode of the podcast. My guest on this episode is Dr. Nancy Lin. Dr. Nancy is a psychologist who specializes in helping people sleep better. We talk all about how T1D can impact your sleep, and Dr. Nancy gives you some helpful tips about how you can use both your behavior and mindset to set yourself up for success for restful sleep with T1D.

Here are some of Dr. Nancy’s top tips for sleeping well with T1D:

  • Remember your anxiety about sleep in T1D is not unfounded. It is reasonable to be anxious about going to sleep with T1D.
  • Even small changes can make a big difference with sleep and T1D. For example, try cutting out your late-night snack so you can go to bed with your blood sugar close to target.
  • If you are having trouble sleeping, get out of bed. You don’t want to associate being in bed with being awake.
  • Be compassionate with yourself. Sleep and T1D can be hard. Just because something is hard does not make it impossible!

You can find Dr. Nancy on the web at http://www.gotosleepsd.com.

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