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7 in 10 People Silenced Type 1 Diabetes Devices to Get Some Sleep: Survey

Nyhet: Glu online survey - 3 nov 2016

Another survey of Glu users also found that 74 percent of respondents lose sleep several times a week because of device alarms.

-Danielle Gianferante/GluDanielle

It’s been well documented that poor sleep quality affects overall health in a negative way. But what if you must wake up at night, in order to manage an existing disease?

This is certainly the case with type 1 diabetes (T1D), where people get up at night to correct blood glucose (BG) and/or in response to diabetes device alarms.

In addition, caregivers and spouses of those with T1D are also affected, as our recently published Glu research has shown that family members also experience impaired sleep. In fact, nighttime T1D care was identified as the ‘most challenging physical task’ in T1D management.

Last month, we asked a few questions related to sleep and diabetes technology as part of our ongoing Project Sleep. We will be publishing our findings, much like Project Alcohol, in a downloadable flyer over the next few weeks. However, the findings from these questions were so remarkable that we wanted to share them back with community now!

You told Glu that a whopping 74% of Glu respondents are woken up by diabetes technology at least a few time per week. Similarly, 70% reported that they have silenced their devices in order to sleep better. (Many only silence the alarms on their continuous glucose monitors, or CGMs, for high BG, and choose to keep their low BG alarms on).

So, while using diabetes technology seems detrimental to sleeping soundly, especially when it comes to CGMs, many people feel the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. We received lots of comments about the peace of mind respondents have when using CGMs overnight:

“Since using a CGM I can now go to bed at 80 and not worry about going low over night.”

“With hypoglycemic unawareness, it would be too dangerous for me to silence my alarms. The alarms are the reason I use the CGMS. It has literally saved my life more than once. I will keep the alarms.”

“I sleep better because I know if my BG drops I will be alerted when it is happening, I wake up and deal with it, and not wake up to 2-3 paramedics in my room.”

And so diabetes devices, and CGMs in particular, seem to be a double-edged sword when it comes to sleep quality. Do you have any tips or tricks for getting better sleep while managing diabetes overnight?

Glu is published by T1D Exchange, a non-profit dedicated to improving care and accelerating therapies for people affected by type 1 diabetes. [...]


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