Updated: Aug 15, 2020
Disturbed sleep and stress can increase your sugar levels drastically. We get disturbed sleep because of our diet that does not support our body type. Food stressors are the biggest stressors faced by in our body.
Disturbed sleep causes stress hormone “cortisol” to go up. Cortisol and master hormone Insulin are linked. Fasting sugar increases on most occasions if we have disturbed sleep. Disturbed sleep could be a result of our life style stressors or due to our food. There are many ways to effectively deal with life stressors without having disturbed sleep. Also, when we follow fad diet to either lose weight or to reduce sugar levels which, does not suitable to our body type., our hormones do not function optimally and therefore our sugar readings go up.
A 34 year old client was suffering with diabetes for a couple of years. Her sugar levels kept going up without any change in diet and was not responding to the increase in her medications as well. Her fasting sugar was 240 even after her doctor increased her medication to double. With careful analysis, we realized that she has been having disturbed sleep for the last couple of months. Her domestic problems with her in-laws made her restless and did not allow her to sleep well through the night.
With a couple of coaching, counselling & energy transformation sessions, she was able to sleep well, and her fasting sugar came down to 120 within 4 days without any change in medication. During the four-day period, we realized that she was starving herself to lose weight and reduce her sugar levels and gave her foods that helped her sleep comfortably through the night. In that month, she lost 2.5 kgs while eating stomach full.
Deepika Chalasani is a Clinical Nutritionist, Mind and Body Transformation Coach and co-founder of Fit4Life India, an integrated nutrition and wellness organisation for Indians that provides complete solutions, addressing health and wellness challenges of individuals by working on their overall well being. Deepika, Dietician & Nutritionist in Hyderabad, India and can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Mobile +91 94910 11202.