Sleep & Exercise with a pump

Dleonard Cook
By Dleonard Cook Latest Reply 2013-07-22 17:21:24 -0500
Started 2013-05-23 16:02:17 -0500

To me, the hardest thing about using an insulin pump is carrying it while sleeping and during aerobic activity. What do you do to securely hold your pump?

8 replies

Nuttypsyc 2013-07-22 17:21:24 -0500 Report

I am late to this conversation but this is exact information that i was looking for! I was wondering what to do with my pump while sleeping (I just started using my pump about 2 months ago and started my CGM last week). My educator suggested just laying the pump next to me when I sleep and not clip it to my pj's. I have found that this is actually working fine for me :) As for attempting to keep my sugars under control with shots and watching my diet, I have tried that. Unsuccessfully. I am now taking Victoza every morning and that's the only injection I take. I was on 140 units of Lantus (70 at night and 70 in the morning), I was taking about 150 units of humalog a day (more or less) and still had an A1C at 9.2. They just checked my A1C last week and I was at 6.4. I haven't been in the 6's in 15 years! This pump is hopefully saving my life! I do have to say that it can be a little bit of a pain in the butt to carry around. I have not tried to exercise with this thing yet.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-05-30 14:11:49 -0500 Report

I just keep mine clipped to my pajamas when I am sleeping. I have gotten tangled in the tubing before though so I always tuck the tubing in now so it doesn't bother me as much.

I know this may not be the best solution, but when I exercise I usually take my pump off. If I am not going to work up too much of a sweat I just leave it clipped on. But generally I am working hard enough that my body doesn't need the extra insulin anyway when I work out.

GitchyMe 2013-05-29 08:56:56 -0500 Report

I toss and turn a lot, and I have been wrapped round it a few times. Subconsciously i am pretty good at dragging it to and fro in my sleep. ;-)

Csigel 2013-05-26 12:13:02 -0500 Report

I asked my medical supplier for longer tubing as I tend to insert my ports into my arms and legs instead if my stomach. The longer tubing allows me to slide the pump under my pillow at night and turn over freely without any problems. When I exercise on my treadmill, I clip the pump to the waistband of my pants and position it more towards my back. Works for me! :)

KG66 2013-05-25 17:56:04 -0500 Report

I have a clip on mine and have a rubber case on it so when I sleep it doesn't move around quite as much. I also sometimes use a leg band that has a pocket on it. You can also get them for your arm and your waist as well! :)

Gwen214 2013-05-25 08:05:21 -0500 Report

I have a clip attached to my pump. So I just clip it to my clothing, for sleeping and exercising.

GitchyMe 2013-05-24 15:37:48 -0500 Report

When I go to bed is about the only time my pump is not clipped to something. I just set it next to me hen I lie down. I have discovered that it is much easier for me to sleep with it that way rather than clipping it or wearing it. I tried an arm band, wait band and leg band, none we comfy enough to allow me to sleep comfortably.

For exercise i clip it into my sports bra. Stays put and doesn't prohibit movement.

Dleonard Cook
Dleonard Cook 2013-05-24 17:18:15 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for the insight. You must be a very sound sleeper. I would be afraid of rolling over and getting wound up in the tube.

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