All About Sleep + Diabetes


Are you getting enough sleep? Lack of sleep is linked to a number of chronic health problems like heart disease, risk of stroke and depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than a third of adults in the United States still do not get enough rest. For people with diabetes, sleep can directly affect blood sugar levels and overall physical and mental health.

Here, you’ll find resources and personal stories from our community related to sleep and the importance of prioritizing a good nighttime routine. Take note of some tips and tricks for getting the best out of every night of rest.

Diabetes requires extra attention and often results in lost sleep, but with good preparation and habits, tackling each night can be easier than you think!

Sleep Resources

Sleep Stories

Sam Talbot’s Tips, Tricks + Snack Suggestions for Better Sleep

Sam Talbot talks about the importance of sleep and its correlation to T1D, as well as his go-to snacks for getting the best rest.MORE

T1D, Sleep + Anxiety

Dave reflects on his support system and the other tools that help him cope with any anxiety he experiences surrounding his type 1 diabetes.MORE

A Parent’s Worry with T1D

Amy and her son share a bond in the fact that they both have type 1. She talks about the challenges that bond brings, especially when it comes to issues with sleep.MORE

Sleep Away: Sleeping + Diabetes in College

Makaila talks about going away to school for the first time and how the transition specifically affected her type 1 diabetes and sleep routine.MORE

A Lifetime of Sleeping With Diabetes Tech

Lala shares her take on spending much of her life sleeping with diabetes technology and how she deals with it when it gets in the way of her rest.MORE

Love + Lost Sleep

Lisa talks about what it means to love someone with type 1 diabetes and the ways her sleep in particular has at times been impacted by anxiety about her husband Matt's condition.MORE

I Can’t Sleep

You wonder if it’s true — that this diagnosis is not your fault. You know it’s stupid, but you feel it. How can you not about the person you grew inside of you? He didn’t ask for this. You ask...MORE

Editor’s Note: This content was made possible with support from Medtronic Diabetes, an active partner of Beyond Type 1 at the time of publication. Editorial control rests solely with Beyond Type 1.

WRITTEN BY BT1 Editorial Team, POSTED 03/08/20, UPDATED 10/05/23

This piece was authored collaboratively by the Beyond Type 1 Editorial Team.