Sleeping at night.

By Flustrated Latest Reply 2011-04-28 14:25:52 -0500
Started 2011-04-26 12:53:39 -0500

How does diabetes effect the sleep habits at night. I sometimes think it is better to go to sleep with a higher glugose count because the drop while sleeping could be serious and no one would know. I wish there was some type of alarm system that would let me know when dropping into a low glugose. I hope someone will respond to sleeping at night.

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GabbyPA 2011-04-26 15:42:34 -0500 Report

If you tend to drop at night you might want to test during the night to see what is going on. I tend to go up at night, and my rise usually starts around 3:00 a.m. You can set your alarm clock for a week or so to see what your body is doing at night and experiment with a snack that will help you get through the night.

Flustrated 2011-04-26 20:16:12 -0500 Report

Oh nuts I hate getting up. My husband has to go to work at that time and I usually start getting up after he leaves.

GabbyPA 2011-04-27 08:07:06 -0500 Report

You don't have to stay up, just test, see where you are and take a little snack if you need to. Something as small as a hand full of peanuts or a slice of cheese can help. But you have to find what will work for you.

annesmith 2011-04-26 15:39:42 -0500 Report

Please write me back!!!! I have terrible sleeping problems when my diabetes is more brittle than usual…I'm a brittle diabetic, and I have very very very touchy numbers…one time in 2009, my body literally would NOT sleep for 3 and a half days!!!!!! It was AWFUL… I ended up going to the emergency room, as I had terrible dark circles under my eyes…AND, they gave me slow acting insulin, and it cleared my vision up, and brought my blood sugar from 344 down to 99 in about 25 minutes…I have been looking for another diabetic that can relate to this, …and, I had childhood diabetes…it went ignored my entire childhood ( it's been proven in the labs—-I was officially diagnosed at age 26 and then again by another internist at age 36)——-someone PLEASE write me!!! I am a very very very lonely diabetic, searching for a friend who can relate to these things…most people I have read and had some conversations with are type 2, and I'm type 1, but a very rare case type 1…I'm honeymooning, which actually comes with several LOWS, then, when I go high, I'm in the 500s, 600s, and 300s…averages to about 380-440 range…GOD, I am not swearing, but I am EXHAUSTED, my A1C was actually LOW——-for a long LONG time…for a whole 7 years…I almost DIED, and had to have my heart SHOCKED back at age 35 from METFORMIN…turns out they found I am allergic to the Metformin itself…my sugar went from the 50s on that up to 701 , and insulin worked beautifully…because of internal bleeding from peptic ulcers, I cannot take insulin right now, as it would not be good, because with internal bleeding, blood sugars DROP—————so, insulin is not for me on a regular basis ( I've tried to stay off of it) until I continue to take care of my belly and get more calories in at night…OH, SOMEBODY…sorry to sound negative, I am a positive person, but, I am TIRED, I just lost 2 NIGHTS SLEEP this week from blood sugars in the 300s and 400s and urinating ALL NIGHT LONG…is there ANYBODY on this site that can relate to this type of type 1? I am LONELY…nothing against type 2 diabetics, but, I just can't relate to that, yet, most type 1s seem to be on SEVERAL shots of insulin a day, and they were treated and diaganosed in childhood…ANYBODY OUT THERE? THANK YOU FOR LISTENING—————-SINCERELY, ANNE

nanaellen 2011-04-28 14:25:52 -0500 Report

Hi Anne, I'm sorry I can't help as far as the type 1 goes as I am type 2, but I sure can relate as far as high #'s!!!! Mine were at the beginning I think around 600+ when I first started and yes the getting up all night long to drink something and then go pee and go to sleep for about an hour and do it all over again all night long!!!!! Sometimes not even getting the hour in between! My vision cleared up when I started the insulin too. The $475.00 I spent on prescription glasses was a waste of money cause I don't need them anymore!! Haven't been able to get my numbers down since Nov.!! Average about 369 lately, so I know what your talking about with the highs anyway!! And don't be lonely, there are way to many on this site who really care. Even if we can't relate to exactly what your going through we'll STILL be here for ya!! I LOVE this site!! Are you taking lantus by any chance? I sometimes don't get to check my responses every day but I'll definitely write you back with whatever help I can give! Ellen

Flustrated 2011-04-26 16:46:46 -0500 Report

I'm sorry you have so many problems, my fear is getting a low count while I'm sleeping and than I don't get up. I get aggravated when I do get up but than I say thank God. You know you have to keep in touch with your doctor no matter what it is our motivation that keeps us going.