How are you getting on? Have you had any side effects from cutting down sugar? Sometimes we feel more tired in the first few days whilst the body is adapting to use other fuel from proteins and fats as well as the lower dose of glucose now in the bloodstream. The body will adjust after a few days. Today we take a brief look at Sleep and blood sugar levels.
SLEEP, Cortisol & Blood Sugar
There is a connection between the amount of sleep you get and your blood sugar. This can impact your weight, your sleep quality and your long-term health.
Too little sleep can: Increase insulin resistance. Make you hungrier the next day and reduce how full you feel after eating.
When we sleep, our cortisol levels drop. They begin to pick up again around three in the morning, in the hours before we wake up. In fact, this is why many people experience the dawn effect, an increase in blood sugar in the morning triggered by higher cortisol.
If we don’t get enough sleep, we disrupt the cycle. Poor sleep over time, including not enough sleep and inconsistent bedtimes and wake times, can lead to chronically high cortisol levels.
By going to bed at the same time every night and aiming for at least 7 hours of sleep, you can keep cortisol levels down, which will lower your stress throughout the day.
Sleep early according to research