Melatonin, Higher Glucose and Sleep Issues

By Pegsy Latest Reply 2015-01-23 22:51:32 -0600
Started 2015-01-19 19:10:54 -0600

Has anyone here had experience with taking Melatonin and having it increase your glucose? A friend told me that as we age our bodies produce less Melatonin and she takes it every night to help with sleep. I have no trouble falling asleep but I often wake during the night and have trouble going back to sleep. (I know at least in part that this is stress related.) I decided to try Melatonin on my friend's advice. I noticed an immediate increase in my morning fasting glucose and had difficulty getting it down. And not just a little increase. I went on an internet search and discovered that this is a common side affect of Melatonin in diabetics. I am very frustrated with myself. Normally I am much more careful about researching anything new before taking it. I am even more disappointed in my doctor who did not warn me of this when I asked her about it. "Sure, go ahead and try it, just don't take too much." Gee. Thanks.

I am just wondering if anyone here has had this experience with Melatonin. More importantly, I would like to know if anyone here can suggest some NATURAL sleep aides, especially for diabetics. I am not interested in prescription or over the counter drugs. I am familiar with ValerianRoot and have used it in the past. It just isn't working as well as it used. to. Thanks in advance for your input.

23 replies

Pegsy 2015-01-22 13:37:37 -0600 Report

I have been off the Melatonin for several days now and my glucose is doing fantastic. Lesson learned!

Type1Lou 2015-01-20 18:43:18 -0600 Report

I can't remember the last time I slept straight through the night. I tried melatonin a few years back on the advice of my PCP's PA. I took it one night and hated the way it made me feel (I felt "buzzy")…so I never took it again. I fall asleep but then wake up every 2 to 3 hours. If I can't fall back asleep, I'll get up and read until I fall off again. I've never wanted to take sleeping aids because I used to get frequent nighttime low BG's when I was on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections) (before I started pumping in 2011). Luckily, my low BG's would awaken me and I could then treat them. I do sometimes drink Celestial Seasonings "Sleepytime" herb tea…but then I have to get up to void my bladder…seems a bit counterproductive. I've just chalked it up to getting older and always have a good book waiting.

Pegsy 2015-01-20 12:20:05 -0600 Report

UPDATE: I stopped the Melatonin and my glucose was considerably lower this morning. Not as low as I would like but better. Also, I am having no trouble getting it down from there. I had great readings after breakfast and lunch. Yay! Back on track. Now if I could just solve the sleep issue… I fall asleep no problem. It's when I get up to use the restroom that I have trouble falling back to sleep.

GabbyPA 2015-01-20 12:50:15 -0600 Report

I tried melatonin but it really didn't help and I didn't realize it might increase my levels. So I am glad I don't take it any more. I have trouble with staying asleep as well and I often take a PM product. I only take 1/2 a dose when I do because I found if I take a whole dose I wake up an emotional wreck the next day. Not sure why, but I don't like it. What I usually do is just try to power though it enough nights that I just crash. But I know when I sleep better my morning numbers are better. It's a hard thing to balance.

Pegsy 2015-01-21 12:41:25 -0600 Report

I really don't know if it is stress or hormones that are causing my issue. It is more persistent this time than usual. I did some research and learned that Lemon Balm combined with Valerian Root is very effective. I'm heading out for the Lemon Balm now. I'll try it for a while and see how it goes.

GabbyPA 2015-01-21 13:36:37 -0600 Report

Even a lavender packet in your pillow can help. There are many natural ways to accomplish relaxation to get to sleep.

Pegsy 2015-01-21 14:28:31 -0600 Report

I use lavender every night. I don't have trouble falling asleep. I have trouble going back to sleep after waking during the night.

GabbyPA 2015-01-23 22:51:32 -0600 Report

Like it works when you first fall asleep. Why would it not work to get you back to sleep? Our bodies are so weird sometimes. LOL

BreC 2015-01-20 09:14:30 -0600 Report

I have severe insomnia. If I don't take something I will not sleep for days at a time. I have tried the over the counter products and none worked for me. I take 2 Mirtazapine 30mg every night to help me. My father was the same way. I hate having to take meds to sleep but if I don't, I suffer and so does everyone in my house because I get irritable.

Pegsy 2015-01-20 12:22:26 -0600 Report

I have no desire to take a prescription drug for sleep because they are all addictive. Even the ones that claim they are not. I took one for just two weeks on my doctor's advice. NEVER again!

suecsdy 2015-01-20 08:08:39 -0600 Report

I did take some melatonin a few nights ago and my reading was a little higher in the morning than I expected it to be and has been for the last couple of mornings, even though I have not been overeating or snacking a lot. Food for thought.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-20 01:04:43 -0600 Report

I used to take melatonin, haven't taken it in a long, long time. I can't honestly say what happened to my BG as at that time I was not testing regularly. The only herbal thing I do now is sleepytime tea. I find that enough for me. I hope you find something to help because I know how rough it is to not get a good nights sleep. Heidi

NewSong53 2015-01-20 19:41:00 -0600 Report

I drink Sleepytime tea, too — also chamomile. It's great for sleep. If I wake up at 2 a.m. sometimes I'll make a cup and get another 2 or 3 hours of sleep — sweet!

GabbyPA 2015-01-20 12:51:42 -0600 Report

I love camomile tea (Sleepy time's main herb) There is also a vanilla honey one that I really enjoy. Nice on a cool evening. It does relax me.

NewSong53 2015-01-20 19:41:51 -0600 Report

Vanilla honey . . . now that sounds tasty!

GabbyPA 2015-01-21 09:25:00 -0600 Report

It is the Celestial Seasons Herbal teas. I love them. I drink them hot or cold. Sometimes I add a fruit flavored one when I make my sun tea to change things up a bit.

debcox 2015-01-20 00:21:42 -0600 Report

Sorry, I've never tried Melatonin or sleep aids. If I can't sleep, I usually just stay up and quilt or do crafts till I can't stay awake any longer.

Pegsy 2015-01-20 12:16:59 -0600 Report

I wish I could do that but I work and need the sleep. I don't have the luxury of sleeping during the day. At least I know this is temporary.

Judy(JP) 2015-01-19 20:05:34 -0600 Report

I take Melatonin 3 mg every night and never associated a spike in my morning glucose but maybe I'll take a break from it and see if it goes down… hmmmm

NewSong53 2015-01-19 19:48:00 -0600 Report

I sometimes take Hyland's "Insomnia" which I get at WalMart for a few bucks. It is an herbal aid for insomnia and works beautifully. I only use it on those nights when I'm having trouble falling asleep — it makes me too groggy if I take it when I wake at 2 am and can't get back to sleep. I've never researched whether or not it increases my BG level. In fact, I drink herbal teas and sometimes take other herbal remedies — from now on, I plan to do some research before taking it. Thanks for sharing your experience!

Pegsy 2015-01-20 12:18:06 -0600 Report

I looked at this online. It's actually a homeopathic. I hadn't considered trying homeopathics. I will keep that in mind.

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