Type 1 Diabetes and Sleep

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After a long and hectic day, winding down at the end of the night seems like just what the doctor ordered! And once the kids are tucked into bed and fast asleep, it can feel like it’s your time to finally take a deep breath and relax. To get a peaceful night’s sleep so you can awake refreshed and ready to take on the next day!

However, if you are the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, it can be difficult to truly hit that off switch. Instead, it’s not uncommon for parents to actually find their stress and worry increasing.

They might find themselves becoming concerned with whether or not their child’s blood sugar is too low, what mistakes they may have made throughout the day, how they could have or should have done better.

If you identify with this, you’re not alone.

For the type 1 mom in the video below, these are the thoughts that creep into her mind once her kiddo is fast asleep. Instead of enjoying a few stress-free moments before going to bed, she finds herself worrying.

But she has some tips for taking some of this stress out of your nighttime ritual, so you and your child can rest easy!

Take a look, and if you have any tips of your own, make sure to share them in the comments below!

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L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.