exreme naps

By taz2020 Latest Reply 2008-12-28 02:13:29 -0600
Started 2008-11-15 06:24:05 -0600

I'm a type two diabetic with sleep apnea and wear my mask every night. Recently i've had some days where my so called naps (like today)lasted 10hrs, waking once to eat a bowl of cereal at midnight and then fell right back to sleep. I will be honest and say that I did have some sweets earlier in the day. If my sugar intake is too high could it cause these prolonged periods of sleep? I only had 4 hours of sleep the night before but I wouldn't think I would need more than a couple hours for a nap. I checked my bg 3 hours after my cereal and it was 165, which is high for me. My doctor won't do another sleep lab because I don't have contiuous sleep habits. I haven't talked to him about this yet. I wanted to see if this happens to any of you and if this could be diabetes related. Hope someone can give me tneir veiwpoint on tnis before I call my pulmonologist.

15 replies

Petrea 2008-11-16 02:34:26 -0600 Report

I just got back from the sleep lab study last week. My dr. likes to do them at least every 3-4 years even if I don't show any symptoms. It could be a combination of the diabetes and sleep apnea (or other sleep disorder. There are lots of different kinds.) or it could be that you need your pressure changed. I think I would go ahead & let your dr. know what is going on .

taz2020 2008-11-16 07:30:52 -0600 Report

It's been at least 3 years since my last sleep lab. Maybe I will call him and request another study. My pulseox has been good when I see him in the office and I believe he thinks the settings are working for me and feels I'm stable. I'll let you all know what happens.

shasif 2008-11-16 08:23:25 -0600 Report

I do have a sleep problem. sometime I have to take a very low dose of relaxant or sleeping pill (1/4th)
and that gives me a good sleep for about 7 hours. Is it ok to take a pill for diabetics.

caspersmama 2008-11-16 10:23:14 -0600 Report

On very sleepless nights my doctor prescribed 1/2 Valium to take. It does not cause those next day "drowsies" that some do.

seawolf1944 2008-11-16 10:44:53 -0600 Report

Im a type 2 diabetic. I also have sleep apnea. I wear a mask. I had sleep lab test ten months ago. due for doctors visit in Jan.2009. while wearing my mask,I get about six or seven hours of sleep. However feel like,Ive had eight or nine hours of sleep. However,after being up for nine or ten hours, I doze off,while watching tv or reading. Im not on meds for keeping awake or for sleep.John

shasif 2008-11-17 01:20:15 -0600 Report

What is a sleep mask?
I take Amyril 1 mg OD at breakfast for controlling BS.
As far as sleep is concerned, if I take 2 or 3 drinks at night, then I can sleep well. The night I dont take a drink, I need to take a very small dose of pill, 1/4 th of valium or diazepam helps.
Drinks, like beer or scotch, also brings sugar level down. I read some where, 'Beer a day keep diabetes away'.
What is the affect of alcohal if one is taking medication for diabetes? Any comment?

taz2020 2008-11-25 03:20:52 -0600 Report

A sleep mask looks alot like an oxygen mask. The mask covers part of the nose or some cover the nose and mouth. They are connected to what's called a cpap machine. It provides forced air to keep your pulse ox levels normal. Some people who snore have sleep apnea but most do not. The mask and cpap machine are used to help you breath more deeply and get into the REM sleep cycle where you get the important deep sleep we need. Hope that helps although it's probably more than you wanted to know!

bucky 2008-11-18 08:01:12 -0600 Report


you feel like you get more sleep the you really get because you got more rem sleep that the most deepest sleep usually someone that dont get good rem sleep feels like crap cause there body dont get into that deep rest or sleep the body is fighting sleep cause your snoring so your fighting for each breath your body goes into a automatic mode (so to speak) see you dont think about breathing your body does it automaticlly thats kinda what im talking about your body struggles to breathe when you are snoring.

shasif 2008-12-28 02:13:29 -0600 Report

I like to ask about action of alcohol on diabetes. Is it OK, if I take a couple of drinks of scotch (whisky) at night. I dont like wine red or white.

Anyone, pse advice.

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-11-15 20:17:46 -0600 Report

Hi Taz2020,
I have sleep habits that are very eratic. Some days I am fine. Sometimes for 1-5 days I will sleep all night, get up for 1-3 hours then go back to bed and sleep for 11 hours. I think that I may need to be tested for sleep apnea also. I think that you are describing symptoms that people with sleep apnea and diabetis both can have. I know that alot of diabetics have sleeping problems. The best thing to do is to make sure that your doctor is aware of this. Keep track of it to see if it happens to you again,if so, how often? That will help your doctor figure out what is going on.
I would contact your doctor. Better safe than sorry.
Good luck, Your Friend, Leigh

taz2020 2008-11-16 07:17:03 -0600 Report

I'm erratic with my hours too. He thinks that contributes to the problem. I'm sure it does. But these episodes seem to come in bouts and then it's not as bad. But they're definately worse. Yes, I need to keep a diary but he'll shoot me down when he sees my hours aren't consistent. I even take two pills that had to be specially approved by him with the insurance company to help keep me awake. I can sleep through them though.
Thanks for the advice.

Goddess 2008-11-15 17:36:18 -0600 Report

You are describing what I am going through. What kind of doc did you ask for a sleep study?

taz2020 2008-11-16 07:11:30 -0600 Report

My pulmonologist -I see him in December and maybe he'll allow me to have another. He's a little unpredictable.

bucky 2008-11-15 17:16:40 -0600 Report

i to have sleep apnea i've been on a bipap for 15 years before i got tested (sleep study) i had to take naps i just couldnt stay up that long i was so dang tired well after i talked to my sleep doc and took the study i was like rejuvinated i felt like i had much more energy lol i lost weight even. Now i got DM2 n when my sugars are high i do feel wore out n feel like i need to take a nap so im sayin maybe its a combo of both sleep apena and your DM2. just my 2 cents worth.