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Emotional distress associated with sleep disturbances impacts the quality of life with type 1 diabetes across the lifespan
  1. Marion Waite1,
  2. Olga Kozlowska2
  1. 1 Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK
  2. 2 Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Marion Waite, Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK; mwaite{at}

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Commentary on: Carreon SA, Cao VT, Anderson BJ, et al. ‘I don’t sleep through the night’: qualitative study of sleep in type 1 diabetes. Diabet Med 2021: e14763. doi: 10.1111/DME.14763

Implications for practice and research

  • Poor sleep’s physical and emotional burden creates a clinical need to assess typical sleep patterns, strategies and concerns.

  • Further investigations into implementing evidence-based interventions to improve sleep quality and outcomes are required.


Current knowledge suggests that people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and their families experience increased sleep disturbances and decreased sleep quality. Carreon and colleagues provide insight into the little-known and understood experiences of T1D-related sleep challenges.


The study1 undertook a qualitative inquiry to understand the quality-of-life factors for people with T1D across the lifespan, including their families’ perspectives. Data were collected through semistructured, separate individual interviews for children with T1D and their parents and separate focus …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.