Is this common with "D"?

By rij061258 Latest Reply 2011-05-20 20:02:48 -0500
Started 2011-05-12 13:18:08 -0500

I find within an hour of eating during the day (breakfast and lunch) that I get sleepy. It doesn't seem to matter what I eat, anything does it. Is this a common effect of the "D" or do I have something else at work here? I didn't use to have this problem. It use to be only spicy food and cheese would make me sleepy after eating them.

22 replies

Somoca 2011-05-14 18:07:03 -0500 Report

Fatigue and sleepiness comes with the disease. I hate it, I feel like I have to explain why I am yawning and if one more person tells me I need to go to bed earlier..ughhhhhhhhhhhh..

Kirla 2011-05-12 21:28:57 -0500 Report

When my blood sugar was out of control I was sleepy all the time. Now that I have good blood sugar I still get sleepy once in awhile but not all the time. This is what helped me a lot.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

dietcherry 2011-05-12 18:21:18 -0500 Report

When I eat to much and my BS spikes, I get sleepy and if I can lie down I'll sleep for about 20 minutes. I also get sleepy when my BS goes low. I dont know why this happens. Are you spiking when it happens?

GabbyPA 2011-05-12 18:16:24 -0500 Report

Generally getting sleepy is a sign of high sugars so sometimes after you eat if your levels spike quickly they can make you feel sleepy. Before I was diagnosed, I used to struggle to keep away after my mid day meal especially. Now I don't have that issue unless I eat too much carb.

jayabee52 2011-05-12 18:12:40 -0500 Report

I can have a hard time staying awake sometimes, it seems for no discernable reason. There are so many causes for that, you might want to ask your Dr about that.

Diabetes ("DM") is not a "one-size-fits-all" kind of condition. What may be usual for you with DM may not be for me. The best you can do in this situation, IMO is to log what you eat and perhaps test your Blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s") about 1 hr or maybe when you notice you are getting sleepy. You can then take that log to Dr after about 2 wks to 1 mo. and see if any patterns develop.

I pray you get to the bottom of that and that it can be corrected

Blessings to you and yours


Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-12 15:51:33 -0500 Report

It's hard to know if diabetes has anything to do with it or not since I've been dealing with insomnia for the past 19 years or so.

Harlen 2011-05-12 15:00:35 -0500 Report

Did you go thru this before D?
I get that only when I eat a big meal
You can call your Doc and ask if this is a sideafect of meds ??
Best wishes

rij061258 2011-05-12 21:56:50 -0500 Report

No, only if I ate spicy food with cheese. Now it doesn't matter what I eat. A dinner salad will do it and I don't have much of a carb count with that. Maybe it is just because I'm getting older.

noni721 2011-05-16 22:25:06 -0500 Report

I deal with this EVERY MORNING after I eat! I can not seem to keep my eyes open and I struggle staying awake. My mornings during the week are busy, get up shower, take my meds, get ready for work. Grab something like a POP tart or a slice of toast … and take the kids to school and off to work for me. Then around 9-930a like clock work… I am struggling on staying awake at work. It sux and I take my meds reg but nothing seems to help.

Harlen 2011-05-19 07:13:06 -0500 Report

Talk to your Doc you may need something to help you
Toast is not good for us and I havent had a pop tart in years they are just plain bad all the way lol
You may wish to learn how to count carbs it works for me and I would never be able to keep my BS inline with out knowing how to work with the carbs .
Best wishes

noni721 2011-05-20 15:15:25 -0500 Report

Thank you Harlen. I do need to learn to count carbs. I was never able to go to the dietary class due to not having insurance, and it being to expensive to pay on my own. I have been looking for free diabetic classes/ support groups in my area. Thanks for all the advice… I'm taking all to heart and trying to make changes.
God Bless.

Harlen 2011-05-20 20:02:48 -0500 Report

The book The catorie King has it all get it and it will be much better for you to get to know how to count carbs
Best wishes and peace let me know if there is anything I can do to help

jayabee52 2011-05-17 05:39:58 -0500 Report

Perhaps you might want to change what you eat for breakfast, Noni.

Poptarts, toast are loaded with fast digesting carbs. I suspect that spikes your Blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s") and then your BG#s crash. You might want to have an egg for your breakfast which has no carbs and has protein and fats which takes longer to digest and gives you a more even energy flow to your body. You might want to pair the egg with a small orange to give you a few carbs. You say you don't have time to cook an egg in the morning? Try boiling some hard-boiled eggs before you retire for the night, and peel them at night to save time in the morning.

Poptarts and toast aren't nutritionally doing your body any favors either. The "fruit filling" is generally just sugar and a little bit of jam/jelly. Not much in the way of nutrition there. It is mostly empty calories, from an nutritional point of view.

I pray that this may help you avoid the 9 AM "crashes"


noni721 2011-05-18 21:27:12 -0500 Report

Thank you Jaybee! I knew the carbs were hurting me but I never thought of boiling an egg the night before or fixing something the evening before. I did call and talk to the Dr. this week, and they are going to put me back on my glipizide to help control my spikes in the AM. I will try different breakfasts before hand though to see if that helps!

Thank you all for the advice… Nice to know I am not all alone with no where to turn. God Bless!

jayabee52 2011-05-19 08:19:55 -0500 Report

I usually boil my eggs a doz at a time and keep in the 'fridge. They keep quite well. I usually have 1 every morning. I am working on control of diabetes without medications.

Yes, that's the neat thing about this "place" Noel, a lot of us here who are in the same situation trying to control this monster diabetes and we all are willing to share what works for us, and to give encoragement or even a kick in the pants as needed.

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