Sleep Benefits for Diabetes\u00a0include mental and physical repair!\r\nThis time every year sleep becomes my favorite pastime. The weather, in combination with Daylights Saving Time, makes me want to hibernate and sleep all the time. I believe we get sick more often this time of year because our busy schedules don\u2019t allow us to\u00a0\u201chibernate\u201d or sleep making us more susceptible to illness.\r\n\r\n\r\nIt is essential for every function in the body to operate at optimum levels. Lack of sleep can cause sugar cravings, mood disorders, hormone disruption and decreased motivation for important things like exercise.\u00a0Sleep is responsible for the repair and detoxification of your physical and mental body.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nGet to bed before midnight!!\r\nSometimes we get lots of sleep and still remain tired. The body is set up (from caveman days) to sleep at certain times during the night. This syncs up with sunrise and sunset and is called circadian rhythm. Our bodies do the best repair work when sleeping during the hours of 10p-5a. This is called circadian rhythm. If you go to sleep earlier in the evening you will be more rested and look and feel better.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHormone production surges in sleep\r\nMany hormones are produced during sleep.\r\nMelatonin regulates the bodies sleep wake cycle.\r\nLeptin and ghrelin have an influence on energy balance, telling the body to eat and signaling the body it\u2019s full, suppressing appetite.\u00a0Imbalances of these two hormones have the potential to cause weight gain. I have always said \u201cyou can pretty much sleep yourself to skinny\u201d :)\u00a0HGH (human growth hormone) is secreted by the pancreas and helps the body carry out the regeneration of cells and repair the body.\u00a0The entire endocrine system benefits from quality sleep this factor helps diabetics manage their disease.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nProcess and reduces Stress\r\nThe brain is very active during sleep.\r\nHave you ever heard the term \u201clet\u2019s sleep on it\u201d?\r\nThe brain processes the overwhelming amount of information we receive during the day both conscience and sub conscience. It stores the information we need and discards what we don\u2019t need.\r\nThis helps us with memory, decision making, processing emotions and reduces stress.\r\n\r\nThere are many sleep benefits for diabetes that sleep can provide.\r\nIt\u2019s essential we get sufficient, quality sleep on a regular basis for a healthy balanced life. Now let\u2019s go take a nap!