Lethargy and Diabetes

By Bren62W Latest Reply 2008-05-25 13:46:12 -0500
Started 2008-05-12 02:11:45 -0500

I have been experiencing extreme lethargy lately. I mean it is like you get so tired you can't hold your head up or keep your eyes open. I've tried to keep active through these spells hoping my system would "rev" back up, but no luck. I always end up napping until it's gone. I mean it can happen any time of the day. I've had it happen as soon as two hours after I wake up in the morning. Is this, or could it be, diabetes related? Does anyone else experience this. If so, are you being treated and how? My PP is sending me for a sleep study???

10 replies

jupton1 2008-05-18 05:46:31 -0500 Report

This also happens to me,after I wakeup I go back to bed in the mourning.I thought the medicine made me tired also till I saw this post..

Bren62W 2008-05-20 03:41:47 -0500 Report

There has been some good information provided in these replies which has prompted me to make a list of questions for my appt. tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who has replied.

Take care all,

morris.js 2008-05-20 23:44:56 -0500 Report

Brenda, I had much the same symptoms as you, and as it turned out, it was not related to my Diabetes, nor sleep apnea. It turned out it was completely due to stress that was going on in my life at the time. It overwhelmed me soo much, that my body just wanted to shut down to forget. Once I found the cause, I learned stress relieving techniques, (and also to cope with the issues causing the stress in the first place), my symptoms went away. I live day by day, and do not let things get me down, so my life has become much more enjoyable. I hope this gives you another option to consider… John

Ginetteb 2008-05-25 13:46:12 -0500 Report

14 years ago I fell asleep at the drop of a pin. I used to fall asleep while typing at work. When I went to the doctor to find out what was going on, I fell asleep in his office as well. That's when I found out that my sugar was 380.

I can always tell when my sugar is up. I want to sleep. If I start walking, or doing something physical my sugar comes down and the zzzzzzzzzzz's leave. I once walked all around the parking lot at work because my sugar was too high and I was drowzy. Exercise always helped. Anyway, it's an easy fix, try it. It might work for you too. Who knows!

Janie - 15513
Janie - 15513 2008-05-17 07:32:18 -0500 Report

I have this each and everytime I eat. I feel so weak I can't stand. If I don't put my head back I feel like I'm going to be very sick.

tmana 2008-05-19 03:09:10 -0500 Report

I find that there is a postprandial blood glucose range that will "knock me out". It's not an excessively high range for me, but I find it's related to poor-quality carbs.

While there are a number of relationships between sleep apnea, diabetes, and other "metabolic syndrome" issues (all of them related to obesity), I have the distinct impression that "sleep apnea" is just the latest medical-technology gimmick. The test uses outdated technology, and does not respond to your natural circadian cycle or allow you to sleep in your natural sleep position. Becausee of all this, I believe the test will ALWAYS come back with a positive result ("you need help") diagnosis, even if it said help is not necessary.

This is not to say that obesity never interferes with sleep — just that the methods being used to test how well you sleep interfere even more with sleeping.

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-05-17 04:44:52 -0500 Report

I also had the same problem and after several sleep studies found out I have obstructive and central sleep apnea. I also have a cpap machine and I'm no longer tired all the time. Example: I was up at 5:30am today, to the YMCA for 7:00am, swam for an hour, ran errands, and now I'm getting ready to go to a show and dinner with my Mom. Before the cpap, I'd have had to add a nap in there somewhere… :)
Good Luck!!

Becky85 2008-05-13 09:52:05 -0500 Report

I have had the same problem. The doctor sent me for a sleep study and I have sleep apnea. The CPAP machine that they have me use at night helps a bunch. The nurse in charge of the study said that it was not uncommon for people with type 2 diabetes to have sleep apnea. (The diabetes does not cause it, apparently similar issues can be related to both.)

steadb 2008-05-13 11:59:04 -0500 Report

I am going in for my Sleep Study with mask tomorrow night. I am hoping that it helps.

Bren62W 2008-05-16 20:37:41 -0500 Report

Becky85 & steadb,

Thanks for the responses. I feel better about my doctor's decision now. It just didn't make sense to me at first. Good luck with your test steadb.

Take care