How Blood Sugar Can Increase Your Body Temp to Disrupt Sleep

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How Blood Sugar Can Increase Your Body Temp to Disrupt Sleep

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  • Your blood glucose and insulin levels rise when you eat before bed, which may reduce your ability to sleep soundly by affecting thermoregulation and homeostasis
  • Diabetes and high blood sugar increase retention of heat during exercise and recovery; poor capacity to dissipate heat also reduces sleep quality
  • Quality sleep depends on lowering your core body temperature during the night, but does not affect your peripheral skin temperature
  • Refrain from eating for three to four hours before sleep and consider taking a shower before bed if you do eat late; sleep in a cool room with light covers, but not so cold you are shivering

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