From Abby: The Diabetes/Sleep Equation.
Sleep. It is the thing I covet most, especially when I work late into the night and Birdy starts chirping oh-so-early in the morning. Sleep is a luxury when there's a little one trolling around your house, but when diabetes is the cause of my sleepless nights, it's less cute and more frustrating.
Seems like I'm not the only one battling it out on the overnights. Take it away, Abby!
Ever have those nights when you sleep like a zombie, and wake up to a CGM graph that was firmly planted between 110 mg/dL and 120 mg/dL the entire night, or a fingerstick that shows a fancy 100 mg/dL?
Yeah. Until last week, I can't remember the last one I had either. Steady diabetes nights are one of those like, super mysterious only-heard-about-in-commercials kind of nights. That steady graph or fingerstick lets you just sit in your bed an extra 30 seconds and think, "Heck yeah."
So anyway, this happened to me recently and of course I Tweeted about it (because despite my best efforts, I have been completely sucked into the Twitterverse). [Editor's note: HA! Mission accomplished.] My reaction to this straight line and rested feeling, after the initial, "I'm freeking awesome" was "Wait.. did I sleep so well because of the stable blood sugars, or was my sugar so stable because I was sleeping like a log?"
Chicken or egg, people; I was boggled. A few Twitter friends responded. One said that he attributed the stability of blood sugars to the good sleep. Another friend said she was also as clueless, but equally as thankful.
Add in the fact that I got about five hours of sleep the night before, and the fact that I haven't slept through the night my entire life unmedicated (there was that week I don't remember after getting my tonsils out, but that's a whole different story) - I don't know what to attribute this success to. Did I accurately carb count that pizza-feast I had for dinner, added to my perfect basal rates, mixed with some sleep deprivation ... does that all adds up to this win of a night? Or was it complete luck? Did my body need a solid night's sleep so badly that it overrode my diabetes' intentions and just let me sleep? (And, if so, how did it do that? Can it even do that??)
The world may never know, but I hope I can someday experience another slumber so sweet.
... pun intended.
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Do you sleep well when your diabetes is under steady control, or is your diabetes under steady control because you sleep well? How much does a good night's sleep play into your control the next day? For me, it's a combo deal, leaving my mental chicken AND eggs ... fried. (Sorry. Couldn't resist that one.)