Cold and Sleepy

By silver.lily Latest Reply 2009-04-20 02:02:42 -0500
Started 2009-04-17 15:10:53 -0500

Every day arround 1:00 which is about 1 hour after lunch I get really cold and sleepy. I finally got a meter and so today I checked my sugars at 2 hours and it was only 105 which after such a high carb lunch I was astonished. I expected a reading of at least 200. I really felt the high carbs were an answer to the tiredness. Now I don't know what to think.
- I did doze in the chair for about 20 min waiting for the time to monitor. Would sleep reduce the numbers?
- I can't think why I would get so tired like this. Especially as it is the time of day I have to be on my best to deal with my 5 year old.
- anyone have any suggestions?

9 replies

cakeybakes 2009-04-19 23:12:35 -0500 Report

I used to get very sleepy about that time every day as well. About 12 years ago they finally figured out that I have sleep apnea and that was the time of day it hit me the hardest. A sleep study may be a good idea especially if you snore or wake up feeling like you have been choking. Morning headaches are also a good indication. Just a thought.

silver.lily 2009-04-19 23:24:43 -0500 Report

I thought having sleep apnea just ment you never felt rested and were tired all the time not just at one time durring the day.
- do feel tired a lot but if I nap durring the day forget going to sleep at night. I do snore horribly! But only when I am on my back so I try and keep pillows in the way which helps most of the time.
- sometimes in the afternoon I can get enough going on to get up and keep moving so I don't fall asleep. Other times like today I just tiled my head back and I was alseep within a second.
- the reason this troubles me is because I have never in my life fallen asleep as quickly as I have done these last few weeks. Then as I mentioned above I am unable to sleep at night because of the nap.
- Maybe I am making a mountain of a molehill but it just seems so out of the ordinary for me to just conk out like that.

cakeybakes 2009-04-20 00:16:56 -0500 Report

I thought I was only working too hard, and it seemed to get to me quite suddenly as well. I finally talked to my dr after 2 months of complete exhaustion and several incidents of falling asleep while driving. Believe me, it's not just an overall feeling of being tired all the time. Certain hours of the day were much worse than others. If I kept busy I didn't notice it as much. I was very surprised about the diagnosis. I had trouble sleeping at night if I took a nap, too; but it may be worth talking to your dr about—it may even clear up some other health problems you are unaware of. It's amazing what a good night's sleep can do.

silver.lily 2009-04-20 00:22:57 -0500 Report

Yikes! I truely thought sleep Apnea had no bearing on what I was feeling but sounds like maybe I was too quick to dismiss it.
I have no insurance but I will now be checking tomorrow with the place here in town that tests for Sleep Apnea. Maybe they have something they can do to help me.

zobel 2009-04-19 22:55:12 -0500 Report

i would like to add my input on testing and logging information. the doc will want to see consistant times and readings to make a good assesment.

put down time of test with reading, when and what you eat, the time and type of exersise ect.

I test at these intervals and works good for me

when i get up / before breakfast
before lunch (try to eat about same time every meal)
before dinner
before bed

remember snacks raise sugar levels. until you have maybe a weeks worth of readings consider not having snacks but if you have them, log them with how much what it is and when.. .

i hope this helps you with your difficulties and concerns
i am wishing you luck

silver.lily 2009-04-19 23:15:02 -0500 Report

Thanks for the information. I do try to be fairly consistant with breakfast and lunch times especially as I get migraines if I don't eat on time.
-I always thought it was 2 hours after the beginning of a meal to take a reading. However when I do that I come within or under the 120 range. If I take it earlier than 2 hours then it reads over the 120 "suggested" number.
- when is the appropriate time to use the machine to test ?

— sorry to be such a novice. any help will be much appreciated.
thanks silver.lily

zobel 2009-04-20 02:02:42 -0500 Report

the taking o readings before meals is to see how well your system is controling your sugar level, a reading in the "normal" range before any given meal sugests that your system is digesting food, your pancreas is producing enough insulin, and your body is processing both correctly.

the two hour test may be important for more precise diagnosis. ( help me out folks, I am not up on this rule, i'm a type 1and haven't heard of it ) but i would start with the above suggested times to conserve strips (4x30=120) until you have a dr. tell you otherwise.

i sure hopes this clears up some of MY thoughts for you.


lipsie 2009-04-18 16:02:49 -0500 Report

hmmm, my fiance and I are trying to help you figure this out as well. First, make sure its a clean machine…using the liquid stuff in it…I don't know how to use it myself lol sorry I forgot but just make sure everything is clean, washed hands, the whole nine…Ty my fiance is big about checking like a half hour before and after you eat so try that and let us know whatcha get next time. IF you want to msg me private you can just make sure you are on my friend list…OR I will just watch for this here and check okies? Good luck! *Hugs* Sheila N Ty

silver.lily 2009-04-19 19:11:44 -0500 Report

I thought you couldn't get accurate readings unless you were fasting or 2 hours after a meal?
- What will a reading that you take early tell you? The one I took early today showed me that I was high and then I was unable to take a reading when I was scheduled.
- If I take a reading early and it is high and then take one at the 2 hour mark and it is normal what is that telling me?
- I have taken classes on eatting(not that I eat well) but really have not learned much about monitoring. anything you can tell me about monitoring would be great

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