How does your sleep affect your sugar levels?

By lipsie Latest Reply 2011-03-04 11:46:46 -0600
Started 2009-03-11 07:18:23 -0500

Just curious to know how other people respond with less/more sleep than normal with their sugar readings? I am not sure about over sleeping because I don't know the meaning of that,lol but little sleep definately makes my sugars run low. Thanks! Sheila

27 replies

Leedemp 2011-02-02 19:14:29 -0600 Report

Can someone tell me why me BS rises when I sleep? I don't eat anything after 6 pm.

DawnRPenque 2011-03-04 11:46:46 -0600 Report

So much of diabetes has nothing to do with what you eat. When you do not eat your liver releases glucose into your bloodstream naturally, it's just that a diabetic does not have the insulin or the two aren't working well together as in type II Diabetes and your blood sugar levels go up. There are medications that can treat that. Janumet (metformin and januvia) and Byetta. Both worked very well for me but the insurance companies don't pay for them because they are not generic.

spy477 2011-02-08 19:29:54 -0600 Report

My doctor said glucose is released from my liver while I sleep giving the higher reading. Frustrating. Eat less and your liver kicks in to compensate.

MewElla 2011-01-05 10:37:41 -0600 Report

I am just the opposite of you. Have problems getting to sleep and then only sleep in spasms of coupla-three hours then up again. With all this up and down and not consistent sleep patterns, #'s are higher. What a balancing act for all of us, don't you think?

kartist1 2009-03-13 02:41:18 -0500 Report

Dear lipsie:
I never really considered that thought of low blood sugar/less sleep. For me, I give myself 10ccof Lantus every night with my doctors orders. Having just relocated to CA-I have been adjusting to a new sleep pattern. The 3 hour difference from the East coast. I get hunger pains at night and must munch on something -snack before bedtime. Good luck with your treatment…

jsd2005 2009-03-12 15:43:43 -0500 Report

Sleep significantly affects your blood sugars. On the average 71"% reported trouble sleeping.The problem with inability sleeping is that that the body develops stress hormones hormones include steroids. These cause the blood sugar to raise. You need to talk with your Dr', to see what he says, Suggest this to him.

Sleep is important for the body and is important ti management of you diabetes. Good luck and you sre rught!

BeckyJ 2009-03-11 15:13:22 -0500 Report

I too have bi-polar and notice that when I'm manic and not sleeping my sugars start to go higher (The longest stretch without sleep was 7days and boy was that an experience…I was too out of it to call the doctor…having too much fun! Finally my brother noticed something was off when he came over to work on my kitchen sink and made me go to the ER). My problem is that if I took anything to sleep I would go low. Catch 22 …stay awake and bounce around or sleep and go low. Eventually I started on the Cymbalta/Geodon combination and that seemed to even out my sleep. Once I was sleeping better I noticed my sugars getting better. Same on too much sleep. Now I try and stay around the 6-8 hour range.5 hours is enough when I'm manic but go over 9 and i'm a mess.

2009-03-11 14:30:12 -0500 Report

After waking in the morning, even if I have been dreaming, or haven't slept well, my bs levels run very good. Usually in the 110's. However, during the day, if I am not feeling well, and I sleep alot during the day, I have noticed my levels will be dramatically lower. The last time this happened, a week or two ago, when I woke up and tested, my bs level was at 57. I attribute it to the fact that because I had slept most of the day and hadn't eaten, my levels dropped. We all know that you need to eat regularly to keep your numbers at a safer level. I am trying harder to watch and not let my levels get out of whack again, either to high or too low.

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Meridian - 26751 2009-03-11 14:54:39 -0500 Report

Funny how most of us have spent our lives trying to limit the amount we eat and then we get diabetes and the first thing we discover is that we have to eat regularly and not skip meals, plus add snacks.

2009-03-11 08:24:18 -0500 Report

When my sugar is high is when my sleep suffers. I get up usually every 2 hours to go potty. (can ya tell I'm a mom, hehe) Or I get excrutiating foot and leg cramps, which wake me up out of a sound sleep.

When it's good, I sleep like a baby! When it's low, I wake up when I can barely move. But I can go right back to sleep after I've eaten something, and I sleep VERY well!

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Meridian - 26751 2009-03-11 08:09:58 -0500 Report

I have basically the same reaction to restless sleep as does LadyDi. The more restless I am during my sleep time the lower my BS level is in the morning. I figure it as getting more exercise, which also lowers my BS.

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-11 07:48:16 -0500 Report

I have not attempted to check that out, so not sure. I do know that where my sugar levels are definitely effects my sleep, or appear to anyway. I've noticed that when I have restless sleep and a lot of dreaming, etc., I awake to find my BS very low. That may be a coincidence. I have no real evidence that there's any connection. I would think that when you deprive yourself of sleep your body becomes more stressed, therefore causing higher readings. Again, I have nothing to back that up. It is important for many reasons to be sure you get proper rest. Stress, of course, effects our sleep and our BS.

Interesting question.

lipsie 2009-03-11 08:00:05 -0500 Report

Well that was a interesting answer. I did not think of it twisted that way…good point there. Well, right now I am TRYING to get straight with my mania for my Bipolar and so I am up N down and right now up. lol Since before midnight actually. Anyhow, I also suffer with sleep apnea and am suppose to using my machine that broke on my way here back from the south. But the new doc I found here finally got the records (proof) that I have it and I see him um…I think its in like a week…maybe two…its written down, anyhow I will get a new one though I HATE wearing them things, ulgh. But without it you don't sleep much at all. And no matter which way I may just fall asleep during the day doing something important so there a medication I am suppose to take too. Sorry, I am just rambling here. *sigh* It's a tough day for me, my finace had school (GED) and I am alone, its my mom's anniversary of her death today. Okay, so not on the topic of Diabeties, I will hush. Thanks for your answer though. Sheila

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-11 08:35:26 -0500 Report

Don't apologize for dealing with your sadness over your mom. Mine has been gone for about 7-8 yrs., and I miss her terribly. It's especially difficult on special days (i.e. birthday, Mother's Day), so I understand completely. You will be in my prayers today.

I have a daughter who his been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder (altho another doctor thinks it's a post-traumatic disorder). She has had severe sleep issues for many years, and I was certain she had sleep apnea or narcolepsy. Unfortunately she was without insurance, and when she finally was able to have herself checked, she was diagnosed with sleep apnea…just started on the C-pap and loves it. She could not even remember having a good night's sleep prior to going on it. For years she had been unable to maintain a job because of falling asleep (among other things), yet she was unable to get a diagnosis and get them to help her or award her any disability. All of this just points out SOME of her problems.

In any event, I hope you can get back on the machine and medications and get some proper sleep/rest. That is very important to your health.

2009-03-11 17:33:54 -0500 Report

Sheila, I have the same reaction Diane and Ken have. When I am restless, like last night, I am very low. I had plans to leave this morning to go see my parents and I was just too tired after no sleep last night. It bites for sure. I hope when you get your new machine it will help you much! I am very sorry to hear of your mom, I'm sure this was/is something you can't get off your mind. Who could? I am thinking of you and hope you are much better soon! Take care of yourself! Angie

kartist1 2009-03-13 02:52:06 -0500 Report

Hey guy's: I just arrived in CA for 4 days to live with my mom. I am a teacher and finding a job is very tough right now here in CA…but I decided to drive from SC to CA and by myself…It was great seeing many things along the way. MyI am a divorce parent and starting a new over here. I have siblings here as well-makes a difference.Had to get away from SC-no jobs there and to small for me…Take and God Bless. I am type2 and dealing with it. I take insulin at night and carry my doggie bag of medicines including needles and meter.,smile!

lipsie 2009-03-13 03:18:58 -0500 Report

Well hello there! Nice to meet you and glad you came here. It is great support here and friendly people. I am in NY right now but was living in SC just six months back myself, was born and raised in CA though. It's hard I know going thru a divorce, I wish you luck! Sheila

Petrea 2009-03-13 02:21:09 -0500 Report

Lipsie: You scared me when you said you have sleep apnea & broke your machine so can't use it right now. If you are talking about your CPAP machine, it is considered a life support system & your company should be letting you use a loaner until you can get another one.Contact your company where you got your CPAP machine & they can contact a company close to you so you don't have to go without one. I have been on a CPAP since 1984 so am very experienced with the machine breaking or quitting in the middle of the nite & they will give you a loaner (I have had several different suppliers over the yrs and they have all given me a loaner if needed. Don't mean to go on & on but if you are on a machine, you need it always & it could be dangerous without one). Petrea

lipsie 2009-03-13 02:32:58 -0500 Report

See, I came from a facility and yes left with mine that broke on its way here (from NC to NY) so that's why I have not had one. I would not even know what compnay the place I lived at went thru to be honest. Well, it took a while to finally get into a specialist here in NY. Then he wanted records from NC, that took forever too, FINALLY they got most of them…at least proof I do use a machine, etc. But I don't have long, my appt with the specialist is not this Monday but the next. The only thing lacking is the physchicans reports, and I imagine that's where I prove I am to use Provigal so I don't just pass out during the darn day yanno. Thanks for your concern, I guess I have not been so serious about it like I should, I tend to avoid things, so I don't face them…yanno. But my fiance has been SO scared cuz of course he sleeps by me, hears my breathing lapses, etc. so yeah I see your worries, thanks. I'll keep you updated though. Sheila

Petrea 2009-03-13 02:50:50 -0500 Report

I am on a high dose of provigil also. It is extremely expensive & you won't be able to pay for it without insurance (mine would cost me $1,000 /mo) without insurance. I have a name of a place that will provide you with a coupon for provigil for free depending on income if you need it.)

lipsie 2009-03-13 02:53:09 -0500 Report

I was taking 200 in the am I believe, what do you take…if you don't mind my asking? I actually am on disability so I have medicare/medicaid so I am covered thank goodness, thanks though. Sheila…wow 1,000 that is high!

Petrea 2009-03-13 03:04:25 -0500 Report

I take 3 200mg at nite before bed but my dr. had to get an exception from somebody for that amount as it is over the allowable amount. (I also have narcolepsy really bad & take Ritalin & Ritalin LA).