Does anyone else do this? Do I have a sleeping problem?

By QueenJavigus22 Latest Reply 2012-04-04 15:26:13 -0500
Started 2012-04-03 14:31:22 -0500

I guess I am stressed, but everyday when I come home from school I have been blowing off my priorities and have just slept. This has only been happening for about the last 2 months. I fall asleep and end up taking like, a 3 or 4, maybe even a 5 hour nap. I don't know why though. My bloodsugars are usually pretty normal too, I still am constantly tired. Does anyone know what it could be? I am not depressed, I mean every now and again I cry and am sad.. but I'm not like, suicidal. I am very stressed, but I don't know if that could be the cause? Could it be my type 1 diabetes, or no?

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Nick1962 2012-04-04 15:26:13 -0500 Report

Yup, used to do it every night after work. Since i started exercising more regularly though, I haven't wanted to. Maybe a walk during that time? Then if you still feel like it, you earned it with exercise.

jayabee52 2012-04-04 00:19:17 -0500 Report

I used to do it a lot, and sometimes still do.

If it troubles you or it becomes dangerous (like falling asleep at the wheel) have your PCP do some tests. I looked up "excessive sleepiness" on Google and came up with this article which outlines some of the potential causes for excessive sleepiness. Read it here ~

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-03 22:56:48 -0500 Report

Yes, and stress will wear you out as well, but I also get soo tired that I need a nap before my nap, haha. I know many type 1's like us that this happens to, I wonder if it is the insulin or just our body trying to catch up? My dr tells me mine is because my heart rate runs so fast, have BP issues. In fact, one dr said he would have to work out for an hour just to get the number I wake up to! I have always had to take naps even without BP issues. As long as you can get yourself out of the depression, and I'm assuming it has to do with your last discussion posted, you should be ok.

If there is a certain time that it hits you, try to sleep an hour and then get up and do something active.

Caroltoo 2012-04-03 19:20:44 -0500 Report

Could be a couple of things. If you live where it is dark in the winter, you could be experiencing SAD (seasonal affective disorder) which is caused by lack of UV sunshine. Vitamin D3 usually helps that because D3 is what your body usually makes as a result of exposure to sunshine.

There are also forms of depression, where you don't feel suicidal, but do feel hopeless, overwhelmed, stuck, useless, lacking in energy/drive/commitment to act on priorities, etc. We hear about the depressed folks who take their lives, but depression takes many other forms, so wouldn't rule that out entirely.

All diabetes seems to mess with our emotions, but if it's reasonably under control — no real highs or lows — that doesn't seem the most likely reason in this case. You mentioned coming home from school. Is there some nursing staff you could talk with?

QueenJavigus22 2012-04-03 20:17:35 -0500 Report

Thank you! I live in Ohio, so it's still daylight in the winter. I'm not sure, I actually only feel like this in the winter. If it were summer, I'd be fine.. Now that it's spring, I am actually starting to feel a bit better. I haven't taken the naps in a few days.. hopefully it's just the weather.. ?

Caroltoo 2012-04-04 00:38:11 -0500 Report

True! When I said "dark in the winter" I was talking about shorter days which means you get less sunshine in the hours of daylight that do have.

When you say, "If it were summer, I'd be fine" is just what I was describing. And, if it is SAD, you are right, you will be fine as soon as the days get longer and you get more UVs. They may age your skin, but they sure make you happier.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-04-03 18:16:58 -0500 Report

Hi queen, I have been down that road. I would come home from work and fall asleep for a couple of hours. You could be mildly depressed. Talk to your doctor about this if you think it is a problem for you.

I used to be stressed to the point I could not stand myself. I had biofeedback years ago when that was popular and with therapy, I learned what stressed me out and finally eliminated most of the stress. I learned to look at things that stressed me out. I no longer concern myself with anything out of my control. Hope this helps…good luck with school that alone can be stressful.

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