Not being able to sleep.

By hreitsch Latest Reply 2012-03-10 10:53:06 -0600
Started 2011-12-28 11:47:26 -0600

Well, for about a week maybe a little longer, i have been up all night just about every night. Ive gotten like 21 hours of sleep in the last week. Im not really sure why I just feel low and upset even when im not thinking about diabetes. Its also been difficult to have fun without thinking about diabetes. My mom thinks its depression but thats not me, i cant change any more than i already have. I already have been diagnosed with anxiety years ago because i would have anxiety attacks but that doesnt ever affect me anymore. Plus i dont want to take any more medication but i will if i have to. Any advise?

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31 replies

jigsaw 2012-03-10 10:53:06 -0600 Report

This will probably sound off the beaten path, but it could be a possibility. Have you considered sleep apnea? Commonly accompanies diabetes. During a sleep study, I was informed by the techs that i fell asleep and woke up about 60 times in 1 hour. I was totally unaware of falling asleep at all. I thought I was totally awake during the entire period of time. Generally speaking, most people with undiagnosed sleep apnea have no idea that they have it, unless iit is severe. Just some food for thought, hopefully it doesn't apply to you!!!

Nick1962 2012-01-15 16:36:59 -0600 Report

Just checking Hannah. Its been a few weeks - sleeping any better?

hreitsch 2012-01-21 11:32:36 -0600 Report

no im not depression is really setting in.

Caroltoo 2012-01-21 15:55:02 -0600 Report

Hannah, can you talk with your school psychologist about getting a refer to help you deal with this? It would give you a safe place to talk it out without being involved with anyone's agenda besides your own. In the meanwhile, keep on talking with us. Carol

Caroltoo 2012-01-21 23:08:26 -0600 Report

Good to hear! Sometimes, if you go through your school counselor they will do a referral to an outside counselor but the school will stay pay for it. It does take longer to get through all of the school's administrative paperwork and maybe you or your parents will find someone sooner yourself. Can't be healthy, if you are missing to many nights sleep. Depression is something that happens to a lot of us as we try to adjust to live with D, but it is something you can get past and have a happy life again!

Nick1962 2012-01-21 12:26:16 -0600 Report

I was hoping that wasn't the reason we haven't seen you in a while. Promise us that you won't let it get to you and you'll find someone to talk to about it. We're here to talk to also! I can't imagine what things are like for you right now, but I sure hope we can get back that strong, smart Hannah we all met the first time. You really are someone we look up to!

berrykins0 2012-01-01 08:49:39 -0600 Report

sounds like depression how feeling and the fact you can't sleep sounds like insomunia is a sleeping disorder.i would talk to my doctor about these these things can get taken care of. you will feel alot better if you get these things taken care of. this is my best advise i can give you. take care and hope you feel better soon.

tabby9146 2011-12-30 19:15:59 -0600 Report

It does sound like depression. I had post partum depression many years ago, and learned that lack of sleep was my only real symptom, and that is what sent me to the doctor and he put me on Prozac for a few months, did the trick, but took almost 3 weeks to work to full effect. It is really important as we all know, to get a good night's sleep, going as long as you have, without good sleep, is very detrimental and can cause all kinds of problems. I hope you get relief real soon. Back when I had PPD, I had not slept but maybe two hours a night for two weeks, before seeing the doctor, like I said, then it was longer after that, before I got a good night's sleep. I wll never forget how awful I felt during that time that I wasn't sleeping.

hreitsch 2011-12-29 18:03:36 -0600 Report

I have a question, Is getting a good night sleep essential to being a healthy diabetic?

berrykins0 2012-01-01 08:54:28 -0600 Report

i would say so cause sometimes when you don't sleep well or being restless or tossing and turning through the night while sleeping .you can have high blood augars in the moring cause it's like being stressed out.

Caroltoo 2011-12-29 18:27:00 -0600 Report

Getting more good nights sleep than not, is essential to being a healthy person, regardless of whether or not you are diabetic. Chronic sleep loss has been identified as one of the precursors to diabetes and also to some mental health issues. The mind needs multiple full sleep cycles to process what has happened in the preceding day and get the body ready to meet the next day.

pixsidust 2011-12-28 18:36:30 -0600 Report

Getting rest is also the process before bed
I need to bathe and pamper myself.
I drink some milk and have a light snack
Brush my teeth and read for a while laying down.
You have to take time to relax and be comfortable,
a full hour before bed time
Its easy to push my book down and flip the light out
when I am too tired to hold my eyes open longer

Here are some ideas
Take time to give each day to God
Give him any worries, insecurities or fears
Speak good words of life claiming all the good things
You are an Overcomer!
You can do all things in Christ that strengthens you!
Pray for the bullies and underdogs at school

Watch that you do not drink any caffeine (soda, tea etc…) before bed
Tear yourself away from the computer and anything addicting.
****You may be tired but get a fifth wind where you lose the tired feeling****

I have a TV in my bedroom, where as you probably don't
Sometimes I turn it on very low where I can barely here it
I listen while I am awake and then find myself lulled to sleep
You could play a tape/dvd of soft music or sleep sounds
that will turn off when the tape is over
There are free downloads on the internet.

Look at all the side affects of everything you take
Some things make me wired and others sleepy
like one night time relief cold pill
puts me out and two makes me awake.

Rest that precious head of yours and dream of all the dreams a girl your age can have and know you are loved near and far

Beata2 2011-12-29 16:45:33 -0600 Report

The Tape turned down low works great for me. But instead of music I listen to a taped baseball game! Puts me to sleep every time. My husband gets a kick out of this and tells everyone about it.

Caroltoo 2011-12-29 16:48:45 -0600 Report

Much to my husband's chagrin, I used to listen to one of his sermon tapes! I turned it low, so I honestly didn't hear the words, just the comfortable soothing sound of a voice that has always made me feel safe.

jayabee52 2011-12-29 17:32:54 -0600 Report

I don't have the husband, but sitting in church listening to a sermon will put me out very quickly. I always had done that ever since a teenager (maybe I went to sleep when I was a child during the sermon). I have to concentrate on staying awake (and not really pay attention to the sermon) to stay awake. Kinda defeats the purpose, doesn't it? I have on occasion delivered a couple of sermons in my life. I joked the only way for me to stay awake during a sermon was to deliver the sermon.

On one of those occasions a friend came out of church shaking my hand "Jim that was a RARE sermon" Puzzled what he meant he replied: "Rare, like a steak, —- that is NOT WELL DONE!" LoL!

My first wife used to listen to tapes to get to sleep too. She had one tape which had the sounds of a thunder and rainstorm. That wasn't so bad, and I often would almost be asleep but when a booming bass voice quietly recited a verse of scripture it JOLTED me awake every time. I asked her to not play that tape again.

My Jem merely took her hearing aids out for the night, and it was lights out.

jayabee52 2011-12-29 18:42:04 -0600 Report

I think she got it in one of those tape Kiosks at Spencers gifts. She also had one of those sound generating machines where you could listen to surf, storms, rain ect.

I usually didn't like to listen to things at night, as I felt I was the protector of the house and I wanted to be able to hear if someone broke in. It was a source of irritation between sandy and me at times. But then we started having kids and she wanted to be able to hear if one of the boys needed help at night.

hreitsch 2011-12-28 19:35:48 -0600 Report

Thankyou very much. Thats so funny that you recited my favorite Bible verse! I will try these thing but if i have the tv on a show or movie i enjoy as i try to sleep, it distracts me and keeps me awake so usually i put on somthing boring and that helps me go to sleep.

Nick1962 2011-12-28 13:49:13 -0600 Report

I wouldn’t worry too much about it Hannah, everyone goes through some temporary times of insomnia, healthy or not, especially around the holidays. Our routines get disrupted by all the activity, and if you’re on school break, you don’t have the challenges of homework and schoolwork to wear your brain out. For me it sometimes seems like I just can’t turn my brain off at night and find myself thinking about every little thing. This is especially true for teens – you kids think about EVERYTHING. Sometimes the bed just isn’t right so I have to sleep on the couch one night, and I’ve even rolled out my sleeping bag under the christmas tree once or twice. For many years the only way I got to sleep was to turn on a radio really low – just low enough that I could barely hear it – and I’d be out in 30 minutes.
Sometime food can do it too. During the holidays we often eat things we don’t normally, and even though it may not upset your tummy, some chemicals in foods can affect your brain. I can’t eat pepperoni pizza late without having some crazy dreams.
I usually have a little snack before bed – maybe a slice or two of turkey wrapped in some lettuce.
You seem to be on top of things otherwise, so give it another week and see if it doesn’t change.

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