Author: Sacha Uelmen, RDN, CDCES
For people with diabetes and their caregivers, concerns over accidentally sleeping through diabetes technology device alerts can be stressful. Despite improved and customizable sound options and vibrating devices, some people still have trouble waking up. Deep sleep and alarm fatigue can cause a person’s senses to stop recognizing these sounds over time making it even harder to wake up.
While no solution is foolproof, we’ve found some innovative solutions that are sure to wake even the heaviest sleeper. There are options for a college student away at school, pre-teen off at summer camp, a child spending the night at friend’s house or an elderly parent who lives alone. And some, are good choices for people with different disabilities who may benefit from back-up options.
Here are our top 10 solutions starting with low-tech to high-tech DIY that can help awaken (almost) anybody.
Regardless of comfort with technology, these are options that can improve peace of mind for people with diabetes who are heavy sleepers or have disabilities and their caregivers or loved ones. Many of the options are low or no cost and integrate with technology you may already be using.
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