Diabetes and melatonin supplements

By woof1951 Latest Reply 2012-08-16 17:15:51 -0500
Started 2012-08-06 10:33:38 -0500

I am a diabetic and tend to wake up at least one to two times a night. I fall asleep around 10pm watching tv in my chair and then go to bed shortly after that. Then I wake up between 2 and 4 am. I usually do not have afternoon or night time caffiene. Would melatonin supplements help with the sleep pattern?

22 replies

GabbyPA 2012-08-07 15:37:35 -0500 Report

Have you ever tested your glucose levels at that time to see if maybe your body is making you wake up? Sometimes we need to listen more carefully to what our body is telling us. That tends to be when we start to drop at night and maybe something like a snack before bed would help?

kaiya2465 2012-08-09 16:51:04 -0500 Report

Gabby: I didn't realize that may be what wakes me up, good info for when any of us wake up at night, Thank you.

Degibu 2012-08-07 15:55:28 -0500 Report

Be careful with Melatonin! That s**t has HORRIBLE affects on me! I have such realistic, HORRIBLE nightmares, I wake up screaming!

Elegie 2012-08-16 17:11:35 -0500 Report

I have weird dreams sometimes when I take it (depending on the dose), but I have never had a nightmare. It does not always help me. I may get to sleep, but sometimes it is a restless sleep and I wake up more tired than I was before.

GabbyPA 2012-08-09 16:27:47 -0500 Report

Oh wow. I never had that happen to me.

Degibu 2012-08-14 08:26:03 -0500 Report

To this day, YEARS after one of those nightmares, I remember it like it actually happened, YESTERDAY! Awful, awful, awful! In the dream if had glass cut my legs and when I woke up, my legs actually hurt! I wouldn't touch that crap again for a million bucks! I sometimes have bouts with insomnia, but it never lasts more than a couple of nights, and by then I'm so freaken' exhausted I finally fall asleep! *lol*

jayabee52 2012-08-10 02:33:21 -0500 Report

just because something is "natural" doesn't mean it is safe. As an extreme example, Nightshade is a natural substance, but it doesn't mean it is safe. Too much can be deadly.

jayabee52 2012-08-06 10:43:06 -0500 Report

Howdy woof!

Here is something I looked up on the subject "Diabetes and melatonin". This is from Livestrong.com. This is a warning about taking melatonin from them:

"Increase Blood Sugar Levels
If you have diabetes, you must constantly monitor and control your blood sugar levels. Melatonin can make this difficult. Melatonin may interfere with normal glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, and this can cause an increase in blood sugar levels. Glucose tolerance refers to your body's ability to metabolize glucose, while insulin sensitivity deals with your ability to use insulin properly. Diabetes is associated with a pathologic reduction in both glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. Taking melatonin may cause a noticeable decrease in your body's ability to use insulin and glucose, the Mayo Clinic reports. Taking melatonin often exacerbates the symptoms of diabetes and exposes you to an increased risk of diabetes-associated complications."

Read morehere ~ http://www.livestrong.com/article/517829-conn..."

After reading that article I don't think I'd personally take Melatonin. But that is just me.


GabbyPA 2012-08-07 15:35:22 -0500 Report

I had no idea about this. Amazing, but our bodies produce this naturally to cause us to fall asleep. Hmmmm, I will have to look into this some more. I thought taking that would be a better choice than the sleep aids out there.