Nightmares and Diabetes?

By Latest Reply 2018-01-01 07:45:18 -0600
Started 2009-01-12 16:29:00 -0600

I have been having terrible nightmares which started after I was diagnosed with diabetes. I don't take anything to sleep and I take my last insulin shot at least 5 hours before I go to bed. I was curious if anyone else has or had this problem? My nighmares are recurrent and very vivid. I also have these nightmares if I nap during the day. Any thoughts? Thanks, Angie

19 replies

Anonymous 2018-01-01 07:45:18 -0600 Report

I have been having recurring terrifying Nightmares. Anytime my blood sugar drops low while I sleep they occur. I believe that my right brain takes some control over my left side when this happens because of the vivid real images that do not make sense, but are expansive and memorable! I do not understand much of how it works, but I do understand 'Parallel' and 'Serial' port effects of the brain explained by a Doctor who The studied the brains of schizophrenic and stroke survivors. I have no idea, but I do believe my nightmares are have some of the effects described by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor.

sanjith 2014-07-06 21:23:04 -0500 Report

Me to have worse nightmares aftr diagnosing ma dibetic.i am just 24 year old having dibetic for past 1.5 yrs nd I am controling by xercise nd diet. But on yst night (6-7-14). I had our tradional rice food ( I from kerala india , rice with curry is our traditional fud ) during night ( I used to skip those fuds max as part if ma diet ) . .nd had v bad nightmares like u mentioned. I slept only 1.5 hr. .I gussd I gone psychic

carmen jacqueline
carmen jacqueline 2013-09-26 15:38:38 -0500 Report

im new the site … but i thought i was the only one with these mess up problem i was diagnosed in 2011 at the age of 17 before i was diagnosed i have these nightmare that seems life like .but i couldnt move or speak then something scared me it felt like something was sitting on my chest nd then my heart was beating fast when i woke up i couldnt breath im tired of living like this

Ginlea 2009-01-14 11:43:00 -0600 Report

Last week I got a couple of really bad nightmares.They woke me out of my sleep and i was scared to go back to sleep.I dont have diabetes but my daughter does.And I get up at 12 or 3am to check her and I guess worrying about her more lately has been causing my nightmares.

2009-01-13 22:36:57 -0600 Report

I don't have nightmares, but I do dream pretty much all the time since I was diagnosed. However, I have my diabeties under control to the point I am not on any medication what so ever. I guess I'm not much help in answering your question other than to say that I dream alot more since I was diagnosed.

2009-01-13 21:36:18 -0600 Report

I was always the nightmare queen from little on and also had problems with low blood sugar all my life (until 7 years ago). I went through sleep studies and the doctor said that nightmares are our brains way of trying to wake us up for one reason or another. Low blood sugar, not breathing regularly, and any number of other things. Since I got my cpap machine and have my blood sugar under control, I no longer have nightmares after a lifetime of waking up screaming and gasping for breath.!!!! It started when I was really little like 4 and the low blood sugar emerged when I started school… connection? hmmm me thinks so..

If you have recurrent nightmares there is a reason so pay attention!


2009-01-13 06:35:27 -0600 Report

Strange enough, I followed Amy's advice and ate some peanut butter and graham crackers before bed. I also took juice to bed with me and set my alarm for 3:00am. Guess what, my BS reading was 40 and I was having a horrible nightmare once again. I didn't relate the fact that I was sweating too, but I was. I drank the juice and went back to sleep. No more nightmares as my BS came back up. It was 101 this morning. At least now, I know (and have it documented) what to talk to my doctor about! …Please see Sexyswamprat's discussion titled Nocturnal Hypoglycemia. It has some great information for anybody else suffering with this problem! Thanks very much! Angie

dyanne 2009-01-13 23:20:33 -0600 Report

Wow 40 that is low. So it seems thank goodness u may have really found your answer. I am so glad for you. You do know that sweating is part of the low sugar also. you can get very shaky too. I think you may be on your way to better nights sleep. Maybe your dr. will lower your nite time meds. Sleep tight !!!!

2009-01-14 06:23:56 -0600 Report

I think so too Dyanne. It was 60 at 3am this morning and the dreams were not so bad. I still drank my juice and it was 96 at 6am. Thank you for your help! Angie

dyanne 2009-01-12 23:27:47 -0600 Report

I dont know if this will help at all but do you take any meds for pain? I know that some pain meds can do the same thing. It sounds like you may be on to something with the low blood sugars. Good luck and I hope you found your answer !!!! Sweet dreams…

2009-01-13 06:37:41 -0600 Report

Nothing other than Tylenol and I might take one a day. I do take a lot of sinus medicine, and now I'm wondering if this is causing my BS to drop. Thank you for the response, this helps me to narrow it down! Take care, Angie

svengali35 2009-01-12 16:55:08 -0600 Report

I found an interesting article. It pertains to Hypoglycemia:

Although most episodes of nocturnal hypoglycemia are asymptomatic, some patients complain of sleep
disturbances (vivid dreams or nightmares), morning headache (feeling hungover), chronic fatigue, or mood changes (mainly depression).

here is the link:

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2009-01-12 16:52:33 -0600 Report

Nightmares can be a sign of nocturnal hypoglycemia -- when your blood sugar is getting too low overnight.

One way to check for this is to set your alarm for a few nights in the middle of the night (a pain, I know) and then get up and test with your meter. You might need a snack before bedtime, or some juice on your bedside table.

svengali35 2009-01-12 16:56:25 -0600 Report

geez you were too quick on the draw.. after I got done writing my reply yours was here… lol

2009-01-12 19:48:31 -0600 Report

Thank you all. I think you are exactly right. My fasting BS reading in the AM is always, always low, even after changing to a non-human insulin. I will snack tonight and take some juice to bed with me. Thanks for the advice! I will let you know if the nightmares go away! Angie

sexyswamprat 2009-01-12 23:40:59 -0600 Report

Amy, thanks so much for mentioning nocturnal hypoglycemia(sp). I had never heard of it till now. And I plan on reading more about it. This just go's to prove that you really can get new and great information on this site. Thanks Amy.—Lynda

Ani 2009-01-14 11:37:32 -0600 Report

Thanks to this I know what to do when this happens to me. Thank you so much.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-12 16:33:19 -0600 Report

i also have nighmares, they cause panic attack in the night. this is probably the reason i don't get to sleep easily! wish i knew a way to get rid of them!

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