The biggest reason why I dragged my feet in getting treatment when I realized that I probably had sleep apnea was knowing that I would have to spend the night in a sleep lab. In the event, it wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t any fun either.
If you have diabetes, it’s likely that you have sleep apnea too. Almost half of us have sleep apnea, and most of us don’t know it.
In my most recent blog article here I highlighted several of the things that diabetes and sleep apnea have in common. There is one more similarity: when we have diabetes or sleep apnea – or both conditions – we have to become an advocate for our own treatment.
We don’t know yet if not getting enough sleep causes high blood glucose or if high blood glucose causes us not to get enough sleep. But a new study shows for the first time that too little or poor sleep does go along with higher A1C levels.