By kinta1980 Latest Reply 2010-02-10 23:30:56 -0600
Started 2010-02-09 18:04:59 -0600

I can't sleep at nights.I only get about 3 to 4 hrs

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Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-02-10 15:42:44 -0600 Report

I too have some trouble some nights. Do anyone have any suggestions? sometime I think it has to do with my BS being too high. It's like anxiety.

donna13 2010-02-10 10:44:07 -0600 Report

Since I have no problems sleeping, I suppose I shouldn't enter this discussion. Last night there was a small earthquake in IL I slept through it, even an earthquake couldn't wake me up. Aside from that, I have had periods of sleeplessness so I do know how difficult this is.

rbaylor001 2010-02-09 22:35:45 -0600 Report

Hello folks, I'm new here, I also have trouble sleeping, I do toss and turn all night, but I have been using a body pillow for about a year and a-half and i find this helps. I also have Rheumatoid arthritis and the body pillow works wonders. I use cool, white, light weight pillow cases. I use 2 pillow cases, put one on each end, don't waste money on a body pillow case, they are too heavy, Why these work for me I don't know, but it does. Also I use a cervical pillow for my head, I got mine from a chiropractor, it was about 50 bucks, almost fainted when I paid for it, but well worth the money, let them show you how to sleep on it also. Just drape an arm and leg over the body pillow when you go to bed and your body will do the rest.
My diabetes is diet controled so far, but did not think to take my blood sugar test when I'm tossing and turning at night, although my sister did tell me something several yrs ago about blood sugars and being close to dawn in the very very early morning, but can't remember all she said. Hope some of this info helps, I have learned that any info, no matter how little, it all can fall into place. I guess it goes with the school of hard knocks.


Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-09 23:51:59 -0600 Report

Welcome to the D.C Becky!
What your sister may have been saying is that during the night your blood sugars can rise. I don't remember why, but something to do with the liver.
I sleep with my arm and leg either over a pillow or my personal body pillow lol. It's just comfortable and my "body pillow" doesn't mind either.
This site is great! It's very helpful and informative and filled with awesome people that I call my, "diabetic family". I hope this site benefits you just as much.

jayabee52 2010-02-10 23:30:56 -0600 Report

Howdy Becky
and WELCOME to DC!

Perhaps you're referring to what has been called "The Dawn Phenomenon". Close to the time you wake up your liver CAN (not always does) put out glucose into your bloodstream, so you are able to wake up and have enough blood glucose to find food. The theory goes that it was an adaptaion to help our early ancestors find food before we had refrigerators and such. Now it gives diabetics problems.

I hope to see more of you on the discussion boards. Please don't be a stranger. (actually I got that position covered! I'm stranger than most! LoLoL!


Kira_xo 2010-02-09 21:18:21 -0600 Report

I feel your pain! Perhaps try some relaxation techniques? Turn all the lights, tv, computer, everything off. Even try putting a sheer scarf or something over the lights on your alarm clock. Perhaps spray a bit of lavender scented spray in you bedroom or a bit on your pillow. I personally like the lavender yankee candles. Lavender def helps you to relax.

This may sound silly, but sometimes when I am having a hard time sleeping, I use some of my sons Sleepy Time bath stuff and lotions by Johnson & Johnson (its in a purple and white bottle) and I do feel like I am able to relax and get a good nights sleep!

2010-02-09 21:05:57 -0600 Report

when you exercise on a regular basis, it will help you sleep better. Regular means at least 3x a week, not 3 x a month…lolol… i hope that you will get that extra time with your pillow that you seek. Take Care.

MAYS 2010-02-09 19:03:51 -0600 Report

Welcome to the site !

I can identify with you, I sometimes wake after sleeping for two hours at a time, and when I do, I know that my glucose (sugar) level is too high, I tend to become restless.
Test your glucose level when you can't sleep see what your glucose level is (too high \ low).
Talk to your doctor about this, I'm no expert , I can only tell you about what happens to me.
Others here can explain and guide you better on this than I can, don't be afraid to ask questions or post comments here on this site, we're all here to help.

Once again, Welcome !

' Mays "

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-09 18:52:08 -0600 Report

I have this problem to and as active as I am during the day, I am restless at night. have you tried reading a boring book? That's what I would do when I was younger. They say if you use the computer or watch tv - anything that'll stimulate your mind - may cause you to sleep not as well. If this just started happening it could be a short phase and that's all the sleep you need for now (if you're doing ok during the day). I hope you find something that helps and you get a good nights rest soon.

Harlen 2010-02-09 18:35:26 -0600 Report

Are you new to diabetes?
when I first started getting my # down I was unable to sleep 3 to 4 hr was the best I was able to get.the better I was at getting my # down now I cant sleep 6 to 7 Hr and thats norm for me
I do a 15 min walk befor bath and bead and it helps me and I hope it helps you
Best wishes

runthe 2010-02-09 18:14:39 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear that you are not sleeping to well at nite. I'm the opposite of you i can't seem to get enough sleep. I am always tired.

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