Get Quality Zzzzz’s
It's day 7 of the Leveling Your A1C challenge, powered by support from Morrison Healthcare, A Division of Compass One Healthcare.
Did you know sleep can affect your blood sugar levels? Studies show that inefficient sleep worsens the body’s ability to break down glucose. Even just 6 hours of sleep loss can make your body use insulin less well. Inefficient sleep, weight gain, and diabetes risk are all interconnected. Our HealthyNurse® Survey shows that nurses sleep an average of 7 hours per night, while the National Sleep Foundation recommends 7–9 hours.
By focusing on quality sleep, you’re positively impacting your A1C. Follow these tips:
- Cut back screen usage in the evenings or wear blue light-blocking glasses
- Skip alcoholic beverages close to bedtime
- Eat sleep-friendly foods like cherries, turkey, bananas, nuts, and eggs
- Make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary using room-darkening shades, white noise, cozy linens, and a clutter-free space
What are some ways to help increase your quality of your sleep? Tonight, set aside extra time to sleep longer. Also try these tips to fall asleep faster and sign up for your FREE Headspace PLUS account here to access sleepcasts and sleepsounds in addition to meditation and mindfulness tools, guided exercises and more.
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