Can't sleep at night

By Rottenralph Latest Reply 2012-07-09 05:27:55 -0500
Started 2011-11-14 05:07:22 -0600

Could this be the drugs I've been taking?
Now its been about 4 hours ago i had a snack a dozen Pecan halves
Its now #:00 and just tested may blood reads 200 looking for some feedback

15 replies

Controlled 2012-07-08 21:16:07 -0500 Report

I will be so interested in what your doctors says. The replies were interesting. It's amazing what you can learn from the collective experience and wisdom represented here. Having said that, I don't believe it is "pecans". Sleep is complex. So is/are your health condition(s). It is very common to have difficulty sleeping with diabetes. I can honestly say, "welcome to the club." Different things work for different people. Your medication is very probably at least a partial culprit.

Let us know what you find out. You may have information to help lots of people here.
Hopefully you'll get some rest soon.

annesmith 2011-11-18 23:23:15 -0600 Report

I can NEVER eat pecans close to bedtime, or I am GUARANTEED a full night of insomnia…it raises my blood sugar into the 300s, and it makes me feel extremely irritable, to the point where I toss and turn all night long, with zero sleep. I wonder if the pecans are doing the same to you…I also take Melatonin every night for sleep, as I found out my body does not produce enough of it. I also take Seroquel, as found out my body does not produce enough Serotonin. I had terrible insomnia before I started taking those 2 drugs. Also, in my case, I honestly do not need 8 hours of sleep each and every night…I only need 5 hours of very very deep sleep on some nights. Then, on the weekend, I might sleep 10 hours or 8 hours…ANNE

Rottenralph 2011-11-19 12:31:47 -0600 Report

Thank you for your information I'll stop eating pecans at night see if that's the problem.

annesmith 2011-11-19 22:47:30 -0600 Report

You're welcome. I hope it helps you. Like I said, they always keep me up if I eat them . For years, I could not figure out why, then I finally pinpointed it about a year ago. Another thing I noticed is if I do not eat enough towards the evening, I will be up all night due to low blood sugar. Sincerely, Anne

Caroltoo 2011-11-19 12:51:21 -0600 Report

This can tie in with earlier discussion of gall bladder issues since the nuts have lots of oil and the g.b.'s role is to help with digestion of oil/fats.

Caroltoo 2011-11-14 19:34:49 -0600 Report

Hi, Ralph,
I too thought high blood glucose caused me to awaken in the middle of the night. Recently, though, I discovered another cause and the discovery has pretty much cured my insomnia and helped my BG levels.

Awakened one night with severe right abdominal pain at about the time I had frequently awakened without the pain but with a higher BG reading. Eventually the pain resolved, but I went looking for answers cause I didn't want a repeat. Discovered it was a gall bladder issue which happens to many diabetics. It had been building for a long time, but it took the one-time pain for it be identified.

More study incated that as many as 30% of us are gluten intolerant and that intolerance is linked to insomnia, diabetes, and gall bladder problems among other issues. Decided that might be worth working on. Have gone gluten-free, which is a bit of a creative challenge, and have slept through the night since these changes.

It's just another avenue to explore.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-14 18:53:47 -0600 Report

Like MEGriff said, it could be so many things going on. Most of us have so many medical things happening, that most of us experience this at one time or another. I know some nites i can't shut off my brain! I can not take a sleep aide because of the crazy hours i work! Check with your doc and see what he/she says. Good Luck, Mickey
P.S. Why so rotten!! LOL

MEGriff1950 2011-11-14 09:48:50 -0600 Report

Hello Ralph (are you really rotten?). A lot of things can cause lack of sleep. Since you did not list your meds you might try using your search engine type in "side effects of" then your med. But only one at a time.
Pecan halves should not raise your BG much or for very long. Do you have a healthy meal plan that was made just for you? Are you eating 3 times a day, on time? Are you T1 or T2? What was your last A1C? If you give us some more information here on DC someone might be able to make some good suggestions.
Good luck,

annesmith 2011-11-18 23:26:40 -0600 Report

HI…this is Anne…for some reason or another, pecans raise my blood sugar way up…I have never figured out why…I used to toss and turn all night long on some nights, and anytime I had pecans my blood sugar was in the 300s…ANNE

Rottenralph 2011-11-14 19:34:19 -0600 Report

No not really, its the name given to me for the way I shot pool as I often leave them rotten shots after I've finished my turn running the table. Now for the way I eat, very small meals often through out the day every 2 hours I would say . Could say I graze and drink mostly
water, green tea's, dark tea, and then I don't eat a great deal of red meet. more fish than anything else.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-14 19:54:45 -0600 Report

Hi nice Ralph, I always left bad shots for the next dude too not from trying but I was a horrible shot. I did love shooting pool though.
Tea is a highly caffinated drink. If you are drinking a dark tea especially past the afternoon that could be a big part of your sleeping problems.
Something that really helps me relax to sleep at night is the technique used for bio-feedback. You can look this up online for a good explaination. Basically it is totally relaxing your body from the toes up. If a part becomes unrelaxed you have to start at the toes again. While doing this I go to a happy place in my mind. That can be anywhere from a nice warm beach, a mountain top just a place to escape to in your mind. I usually fall asleep in less then 5 minutes and the only thing that wakes me at night is my bladder or various aches and pains of an old woman :).

annesmith 2011-11-18 23:30:03 -0600 Report

Yeah…if I drink any kind of caffeine at all after 4pm, I am guaranteed a night of virtually zero sleep. Tea and I do not get along…I hate the taste of it, and it makes me nauseous. Dark tea I do know is HIGHLY caffeinated..ANNE