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02-05-2018 | Sleep disorders | Review | Article

Sleep in Type 1 Diabetes: Implications for Glycemic Control and Diabetes Management

Current Diabetes Reports

Authors: Katia M. Perez, Emily R. Hamburger, Morgan Lyttle, Rodayne Williams, Erin Bergner, Sachini Kahanda, Erin Cobry, Sarah S. Jaser

Publisher: Springer US


Purpose of Review

To highlight recent findings from studies of sleep in type 1 diabetes (T1D), with a focus on the role of sleep in self-management, the cognitive and psychosocial outcomes related to sleep disturbances, and factors associated with sleep disturbances specific to T1D.

Recent Findings

People with T1D experience higher rates of sleep disturbances than people without diabetes, and these disturbances have negative implications for glycemic control and diabetes management, as well as psychosocial and cognitive outcomes. Inconsistent sleep timing (bedtime and wake time) has emerged as a potential target for interventions, as variability in sleep timing has been linked with poorer glycemic control and adherence to treatment. Sleep-promoting interventions and new diabetes technology have the potential to improve sleep in people with T1D.


Sleep is increasingly considered a critical factor in diabetes management, but more multi-method and longitudinal research is needed. We emphasize the importance of sufficient and consistent sleep for people with T1D, and the need for providers to routinely assess sleep among patients with T1D.

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