Night night, beta cells....
• Get a full night’s sleep every night.
• Avoid foods or drinks that contain caffeine, as well as any medicine that has a stimulant, prior to bedtime.
• Do not go to bed hungry, but don’t eat a big meal before bedtime either.
• Avoid any rigorous exercise within six hours of your bedtime.
• Make your bedroom quiet, dark and a little bit cool.
• Get up at the same time every morning.
Well, there you go. We've solved the universal D-riddle on "why...." that leads to finger-poking, insulin-craving lifestyles: Our pancreas is tired. Beta cells are catching some Zs, therefore sleeping on the job and letting the big, bad, burglar "D" get the jump on our immune system. Just like bad security guards letting thieves into the shop.
Thanks to the before bedtime Low that caused me to eat, or the High that made me hungry, my sleep is off. Or because it's not quiet thanks to the beeping pump or CGM. Or the scattered morning routines, thanks to glucoastering. It all feeds the problem, apparently.
So, if I improve my sleeping practices, what happens - am I closer to a cure? Experts in the scientific community point out that beta cells seem to sometimes regenerate, even in Type Is, but they aren't sure - the JDRF's been looking at that one for awhile now. Maybe sleep's the key. Sleep it off.
What if that was the answer - just staying in bed and sleeping as much as possible? Wonder if there's any research project studying that - if so, I'm ready to sign up for whatever the pay is.
So there it is. Call it what you will - thought-provoking or crazy ramblings of a sleep-deprived diabetic?
Ponder that, while I leave you for a inpromptu date with my pillow.