Stress can wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels. When you’re stressed, your body releases hormones that can raise blood sugar, and you may also be less likely to take good care of yourself. You may not exercise regularly, follow your healthy meal plan, or get the rest you need to keep blood sugar under control. Finding stress-reducing activities can make a world of difference for your overall health; consider meditation, yoga, gardening, listening to relaxing music, or talking to a therapist.
Sleep also plays a role in managing blood sugar. Your body works to repair and restore itself during deep sleep, so if you're not getting enough — seven to eight hours daily is recommended for the average adult — your body will feel the effects. Too little sleep can cause symptoms that mimic those of insulin resistance. It can also lead to weight gain and prevent you from exercising and eating right because you're too tired to plan. To improve sleep, try going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, keep your bedroom cool and dark, and avoid exercising, drinking caffeine or alcohol, or using electronic devices right before bed.