Type 2 Diabetes and Sleep Troubles

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-11-28 12:20:40 -0600
Started 2012-11-23 07:00:58 -0600

By Everyday Health: http://www.everydayhealth.com/health-report/t...

Having type 2 diabetes and trouble sleeping create the ultimate catch-22: You need sleep to stay healthy, yet the condition can make it hard to get a good night's rest. Here's some advice.
By Wyatt Myers
Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH

Sleep is important for everyone, but it’s especially important when your body experiences changing blood sugar levels and other symptoms of type 2 diabetes. “Sleep deprivation causes changes in the effectiveness of the body's control of appetite, which can lead to weight gain, higher blood sugar, and increased resistance to insulin,” says Richard Castriotta, MD, director of the division of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Diabetes and sleep

Although sleep is very important when you have type 2 diabetes, you may find you can’t sleep when you need it most. One explanation for the problem seems to be the connection between diabetes and sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that’s characterized by periods of halted breathing while you’re asleep, which wakes you up repeatedly throughout the night, leaving you fatigued and not well rested in the morning.

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5 replies

GabbyPA 2012-11-26 15:58:01 -0600 Report

I found out that my boil was causing more issues that just it's ugly self. I had not been sleeping well and my levels were causing me to be up all hours to go to the bathroom. Since I have had it taken care of, it is going much better. I can sleep 6 hours without getting up. It is wonderful.

Ms. DAT 2012-11-24 15:53:06 -0600 Report

Gabby thanks for the information cause it really helps. I had to stop stressing about not sleeping at regular intervals because worrying made me feel worse. I Often experience tingling in my hand/along the pinky fingers with occasional PLMS. I do feel low pain around my ankles at night so I put on warm socks and elevate legs. For me! I need to stay away from medications that are sleep- aids to avoid dependency but I use alternative measures to help me sleep.

luked 2012-11-24 03:44:40 -0600 Report

This is true as some days I get a goods night sleep but more than often I'm wide awake

jayabee52 2012-11-23 15:51:20 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby!

this subject is quite appropriate for me as I have a lot of trouble falling asleep. However, I believe I have another problem which keeps me from falling asleep: my ADHD. I lay down and seems like as soon as my head hits the pillow my mind becomes fully awake and activated, even if I had been sleepy moments before.

Sometimes I go for 20 hours without a good uninterrupted sleep session.
sometimes I have to bore myself to sleep by playing repeated games of Spider Solitaire on my computer.

Sometimes it is not easy being me! LoL!

mspiggy81 2013-11-28 12:20:40 -0600 Report

I know how you feel. I've had insomnia issues since I was about 14. On average I get about 2-3 hours sleep per night. A rare good night I'll get 4-5 and then there's times I won't sleep at all for 2 whole days. Now that gets interesting lol. Anyone who says sleep deprivation doesn't cause "drunken coordination" is full of bologna. If I'm on a good stretch of no sleep, I've found an occasional Benedryl helps without the groggy morning effects of typical sleep aids.