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Sleep Your Way to Better Diabetes Management

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Gary Scheiner, MS, CDCES

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Kathryn Gentile, MS, ACSM-CEP, CDCES

Sleep plays an integral role in physical and emotional health.  I can also have a significant impact on diabetes management.  People with Type-1 diabetes can find it challenging to get a good night’s sleep, and that can make matters even worse.  This course covers the two-way relationship that exists between sleep and diabetes, and focuses on the strategies shown to improve the quality as well as the quantity of sleep.

Specific topics include:

  • The physiology of sleep
  • The effects of insufficient sleep
  • Sleep challenges faced by people with diabetes
  • How sleep affects glucose levels, and vice versa
  • Strategies for improving sleep quality and quantity
  • Nighttime glucose management strategies
  • Evaluating your sleep quality
  • Resources for more help

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Placement Exam: Sleep Your Way to Better Diabetes Management

1. At which phase of sleep does the brain and body achieve the greatest degree of rest and recovery?

A. Stage 1
B. Stage 2
C. Stage 3
D. REM/Dream Stage


2.  Sufficient quality sleep is associated with low levels of which hormone?

A. Cortisol
B. Melatonin
C. Ghrelin
D. Leptin


3. Insulin requirements tend to increase after how many nights of insufficient sleep?

A. 1
B. 3
C. 5
D. 7

4. Which of the following can contribute to better sleep quality?

A. A hi-fat, slow-digesting snack near bedtime
B. Exercise in the evening
C. Going to bed and waking up at consistent times
D. All of the above

5. The nighttime dose of basal insulin should:

A. Produce a normal glucose level in the morning, regardless of the bedtime reading
B. Keep glucose levels steady through the night
C. Cause the glucose to rise steadily overnight
D. Be adjusted based on the bedtime glucose reading

Answers: C, C, A, C, B