Sleep Quality and Chronic Disease: The Vicious Cycle Between Them


“Sleep Quality and Chronic Disease”

When the topic was dropped to the team, I was met with confused stares and they asked the exact questions I’d anticipated; 

“Will it be about how chronic diseases affect your sleep quality?”

“Or how quality sleep helps in chronic disease management?”

And the only answer that I could possibly decipher from extensive research, is that it is a vicious cycle. The relationship between both of them is deep-rooted and complex. The only way to ensure continued health is to get enough quality sleep, and quickly addressing the problems related to it. 

What Chronic Disease Can Do To Your Sleep Quality

According to a study published in the NCBI, one out of two types 2 diabetes patients have sleep-related problems. Due to unstable sugar levels, patients could have problems like hyperglycemia that can lead to insomnia and next-day tiredness. Depression or anxiety related to your condition, could also possibly cause insomnia.  Even problems with the kidney like frequent urination can disrupt sleep and lead to complications. 

Hypertension can also cause problems like sleep apnea – a condition that can cause interrupted breathing while sleeping. With high blood pressure, sleep apnea can get triggered, or worsen. If your BP is poorly controlled, your odds of getting this condition is higher. On the flipside, already having sleep apnea can raise your blood pressure. 

In the same way, these two chronic diseases can disrupt sleep, others can in their own ways, as well. If you having too much trouble falling asleep, or have extreme fatigue, talk to your healthcare team to better understand the underlying reasons. Finding them and treating them can help in managing your chronic disease, and preventing complications. 

Quality sleep is a practice that can be cultivated, with the right information and guidance. 

Sleep Quality and Chronic Disease

Quality Sleep Can Help In Chronic Disease Prevention And Management

It’s a pretty common practice to skip sleep to catch up on  “important” things like work, studies or even entertainment. But beyond the usual lack of focus, or moodiness on the next day, poor sleep can cause long-standing health problems. 

Most people need anywhere between 6-9 hours of sleep to function in their prime. Meeting this amount of sleep on a daily basis has proven to boost immunity, help in weight management, prevents diabetes and keeps heart disease at bay. 

In case you have serious sleep-related problems like insomnia, sleep apnea, or even period limb movement disorder. It might not be possible for you to detect these problems by yourself, and might need to undergo an extensive sleep study. But with innovative healthcare devices like Dozee in the market, you could even conduct the study right at home. 

Constant Monitoring Can Help in Regulating Your Sleep Cycle, and Reduce Complications

Sleep therapy is the best bet for monitoring and improving sleep hygiene and habits. While conducting an extensive study in a clinic is a huge step, a sleep monitor can be the next best thing. It can measure your quality of sleep in terms of metrics like sleep quality, respiration rate, heart rate, stress recovery, and early health deterioration alerts. 

Sleep hygiene and rituals are critical in improving your health, no matter your age or your current health status. With the help of Phable, these can be improved through continuous monitoring and to prevent and/or better manage chronic ailments. It can also help in the early detection and prevention of associated complications. 

Phable is an innovative lifestyle disease management app simplifying life for patients & doctors through health monitoring and doctor intervention.

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