Melatonin, Higher Glucose and Sleep Issues

Pegsy
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
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
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
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.

Gabby
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
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.

Gabby
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
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.

Gabby
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
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
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
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
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
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!

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

Vanilla honey . . . now that sounds tasty!

Gabby
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
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
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)
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
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
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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