What is the Connection Between Diabetes and Poor Sleep?

Both types of diabetes are sadly a very common health condition among Americans. Approximately 9.4% of people in the United States have either type, but what exactly is it, and what is the difference, and most importantly, how does it affect your ability to sleep?

Type 1

In type 1 diabetes, a person’s pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is necessary to absorb glucose, which serves as energy for your cells. It is commonly diagnosed in children ages 13 to 14 years old. A 2014 study found that an estimated 4 out of 10 people diagnosed with type 1 also suffer from chronic fatigue, which can definitely impact sleep quality. It is currently unknown to scientists and doctors if it is linked to genetics or not. 

Type 2

In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas can produce Insulin, but to a very limited degree, resulting in high blood sugar. It is most common in adults ages 45 and over. It also differs from type 1 in the sense that obesity and lack of exercise are the common causes. 

Does having either type affect my ability to sleep?

Yes, some individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes experience “poor sleep habits, including difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.” This can also vary depending on any other health conditions a person may have. It is always best to consult a medical professional if you have any concerns about your diabetes diagnosis or any other factors in your life that may be affecting your sleeping habits.

Sleep apnea causes diabetes. Fact or fiction? 

False. Sleep apnea, a disorder where a person’s breathing stops and starts once again during REM sleep, does not cause diabetes. However, it is common in people with type 2 diabetes. In fact, it’s possible that up to 48% of people with type 2 suffer from sleep apnea.

I have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Does it matter what kind of mattress I choose to sleep on? 

While visiting one of the most esteemed mattress stores in Orange County is always an excellent life decision regardless of your medical situation, some mattresses indeed may be better for you than others. In fact, you probably didn’t know that doctors can even write prescriptions for you to get a fresh new mattress! This can also be done if you suffer from an osteopathic condition such as arthritis. While doing our research, we found that people with diabetes tend to prefer memory foam mattresses. Fortunately for you, we carry Sealy and Serta mattresses, both of which are manufactured with memory foam technology. We invite you to set up an appointment at one of our Orange County mattress stores to discuss your own personal essentials to getting the best sleep you’ve had in years, starting as soon as tonight!

We deal with customers from all walks of life when it comes to their medical history. Regardless of your personal needs, we are committed to making sure you find the mattress that was made for you for the best value in town. Take it from us, one of the most respected Orange County mattress stores.