sleeping problems

By wendyjean Latest Reply 2009-04-04 16:58:11 -0500
Started 2008-09-04 06:54:27 -0500

are there anybody else out there that is having problems with sleeping? it does'nt seem to matter my sugar levels i have tried everything accept meds for which I'm trying not to use but it's starting to effect my everyday living,I'm getting drained,am opened to any suggestions. thanks

37 replies

bucky 2008-10-23 14:56:47 -0500 Report

Sleep apnea is very common, as common as adult diabetes, and affects more than twelve million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty, but sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children. Yet still because of the lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals, the vast majority remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant consequences.

Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. Several treatment options exist, and research into additional options continues.

Theresa Kirkland
Theresa Kirkland 2008-10-22 01:16:49 -0500 Report

OK dont everyone think Im carazy, but I bought a book, this was suggested by my counsalor, called, Self Hypnosis. It really works to help you get your mind off the pain. It helps you go in your mind somewhere that your thinking of or see someone you are thinking of and you totally can get away from the pain. Mail me and I will type or send you one of the ones I use when I cant go to sleep. Please dont think Im a nut but I had to try it. Ive tried all sorts of things and this helped me vastly.

Goddess 2008-10-22 01:36:52 -0500 Report

I think it's great that you are doing what you can to help yourself. You aren't a nut. I admire you for trying to make it better. I hope it works for you.

Edie 2008-10-22 12:34:46 -0500 Report

You are not a nut and I know just what your saying it is the same thing I have done for over 15 years. I block out the pain to such an extent that I had a heart attack back in 1999 Please becareful as I have learned since that my body blocks out the pain now without my even knowing it. I am in the process of learning to control the pain by sections of the body now not all of it at once like I always have. I have to think about it to know what my pain level is at any given time now, that is a scary thought for me cause I never know when my heart is going to give me trouble till it hits and sometimes it is to late to know what the pain level is as by then I need nitro.

Edie 2008-10-22 00:22:58 -0500 Report

I'll write these all down and try them one at a time to see what works for me. I have to try new things alone for about 1 1/2 months to see how it works for me. I'll post the results when I am completely done. Have a good week and a better weekend everyone.
Your Friend Always;

sexyswamprat 2008-10-21 17:51:20 -0500 Report

I have had insomnia for as long as I can remember and have tried most of the over the counter products which don't really work for me. And most perscription meds with some degree of success and failure. I am currently taking 12.5mg of ambien cr a night and have been for 3 weeks now. It is working great for me. I fall asleep fast and stay asleep all night. And I have had no side effects. When and if this starts to fail my doc said that she would let me try lunesta. I've heard really good things about it.

enigmalady777 2008-10-20 11:37:54 -0500 Report

I was having many problems sleeping due to pain from nueropathy. My doctor put me on medication and finally, five weeks later, I can sleep a bit better. Not perfect, but better.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2008-10-20 12:31:53 -0500 Report

I had trouble sleeping and found out I had sleep apnea. I was put on c-pap and started sleeping better. After 7 years I
started having troubleagain and was sent for another sleep study. Now I am on a bi-pap with oxygen and have been sleeping
better the last 5 years.

caspersmama 2008-10-20 07:32:29 -0500 Report

I also have sleep problems and with the pain meds I take, I really should not. So my Doctor prescribed 1/2 pill of valium at bedtime for those sleepless nights. So if I do not fall asleep within 2 hours after going to bed I take 1/2. And it does not cause the next day "drowsies" and I get a good nights sleep. I have only used it about 5 times since I got it a month ago.

sparkysmom 2008-10-05 03:37:53 -0500 Report

I have sleep apnea with RLS and use a CPAP machine to sleep. I also take ambien to get to sleep. Even with that there are nights I don't sleep well.

Edie 2008-10-05 07:48:12 -0500 Report

My sister sue uses a water bottle on her Oxygen machine it helps her alot. Or it did when she lived in Indiana.

vgarrison 2008-10-04 03:26:10 -0500 Report

I too am having problems sleeping now. I didn't go to bed until after 3 am last night. Usually I am in bed no later than midnight, but its been getting later and later lately…


Edie 2008-10-04 06:22:41 -0500 Report

Viki; I have found that if I go to bed before 10 I toss and turn. So I sit and read till then most nites and then go into bed. If I can't get to sleep within half an hour I get up and take a warm shower and then go back to bed am out quite quickly then. It seems to be the only way to relax before bed so I can sleep.

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-10-04 12:57:00 -0500 Report

Melatonin can be found at your local Herbal/Health store. It has been known to naturally help some people to rest.

vgarrison 2008-10-04 13:49:17 -0500 Report

I went out and got some camommile tea today. I am hoping that will help, if not then I'll try the melo stuff…hehe


vgarrison 2008-10-04 13:49:35 -0500 Report

melatonin…thats it

Edie 2008-10-05 02:46:17 -0500 Report

Thankyou for the sugestion I will try the melotonin myself it might help me to get to sleep earlier at nite. I try to go to bed most nites at 9 as my husband's alarm clock goes off at 4 am and then I go back to bed to get my rest out. LOL Sometimes I'm more tired than if I stayed up. But even if I stay up I still have trouble falling to sleep and staying asleep at nite.

seawolf1944 2008-10-05 03:09:35 -0500 Report

I have sleep problems. My doctor said relax before bed.When,I changed Cardiologists,He asked alot of questions. One was,are you getting alot of rest at night? I told him,I had problems sleeping at night. The doctor set up an appointment for a sleep test. It was done in two stages. The results showed that,I quit breathing six times in six hours. not only was,I not feeling rested, My lungs and brain was being deprived of oxygen. The problem is caused by the muscles in my throat. I now use a CPAP machine. Another problem,I had was thing about my problems. Now,I make a list on paper of problems that are bothering me.At the end,I put down that,They can wait until tommrow. Now when, I wake up,I feel rested and refreshed.I hope this helps you. John

Edie 2008-10-05 03:22:46 -0500 Report

I had a sleep test done once and they kept waking me up and then told my Dr. nothing was wrong with me. I wake up through the nite jerking awake and gasping for air, I have told the Dr. I now have and he has not schudled me for a new test yet. I will say something again when I go in on the 24th of this month. I make all Drs. appt. on Days that are easy for me to remember. Like this month the 3, Alex turned 9; 10 Brittany will be 18; 17 Tanner will be 5; 24 my sister Toni will be 51; 25 Bill will be 54 and the 31st Holloween and Aunt Ann's Birthday. I just tell them what day I want it and I remember who's Birthday I'm going in on. LOL The other Months the same way.LOL

Edie 2008-10-05 07:45:59 -0500 Report

That is only the ones I can remember besides one more on the 24th. that is also Bill's nephew Jerry Jr.'s birthday. The others before the 24 our Bill's and My Grandchildren the oldest Grandson on the 3rd.and the oldest Granddaughter on the 10th. LOL When I write all of the Birthdays down I'll post them for you.

momoftype1 2008-10-03 15:34:54 -0500 Report

This is great info for me-My daughter on most nights fights me to go to sleep-I usually like her to go to bed 8:30 ish-I have found since dx that this has become a more difficult task. She drags her feet about going and then will read or listen to the raio sometimes til well after 10. Then the issue becomes that she is so tired that she sleeps very heavy and occasionally wets the bed. She also then is worse than a grizzly the next morning to get out of bed for school as she is still tired… Any recomendations of something that may ease the transition-she is tooo young for the tylenol pm.

Edie 2008-10-04 01:25:08 -0500 Report

I have 3 children with ADD and ADHD they were all 3 on Meds for that 2 on Cylert and the other on Ritlin I would send themto Bed at 8 pm and if not quiet by 9 I would pull the power form their rooms for the nite and return it just before they are called for School. LOL After about 3 nites of this they had everything off at 9 sharp. No troubles getting up in the morning anymore either. They are all grown up and have Children of their own now and now understand what mom was talking about and now they are thanking me for being a tough love mom as they always called me.

Hope this helps. Your friend Edie

vgarrison 2008-10-04 03:23:31 -0500 Report


That is the best idea I have heard yet. Mine is still too young for any of this, but its good to keep in mind for the future. Mine goes to bed at 8 every night. She used to go to sleep so well, but since I was put in the hospital for those 4 days, now she won't go to sleep. I had went into the ER after she went to bed, and then didn't come home…I think she is afraid that will happen again…She is only 3 so its hard to tell if that is the problem or if she is just going thru that "stage"


Edie 2008-10-04 06:19:47 -0500 Report

Try cuddling her to sleep and then put her in her own Bed. That might help you. Plus make you both closer to each other. also the next time you have to go to the ER wake her up and take her along if someone can drive her back just incase that way she doesn't get affraid of your being gone it always helped my youngest child when she was little. My dad would get up in the middle of the night and meet me at the Hosp. to take Pam home if I had to stay. She got over it real quick.

enigmalady777 2008-10-03 14:51:18 -0500 Report

I have trouble sleeping as well, primarily due to the neuropathy that causes painful, burning feet. The pain is worse at night.

My doctor put me on Nortryptiline about 2 and a half weeks ago, and that's helping a bit. For a while I wasn't sleeping at all, so my doctor also gave me a sedative to "knock me out" but I only took it twice because it made me feel really awful the following day,

Edie 2008-10-04 01:20:15 -0500 Report

Is it in pill form if so try cutting it in half. That might work better for you. Also try soaking in Epsom salts before bed for only 10-15 mins. that works for me better than anything else.
Have a great Weekend!
Your friend Edie

Edie 2008-10-03 10:46:27 -0500 Report

I get more sleep when I push myself during the day and get exhusted like yesterday picked up the front room and kitchen and then spent 2 1/2 hours on my computer/sewing room looking for a project I'm trying to finish. Bill had it in a box locked in the trunk of my car and drove it to work. LOL
The room looks better I have to agree but today the only chore being done is the Laundry. LOL I hurt from my skull to my feet and have a headache that has stayed with me all day.

spoyld1 2008-10-03 09:50:34 -0500 Report

I have nights that I don't sleep at all. If I get 5 hrs. asleep a night that is considered a good night for me.

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2008-09-04 09:46:57 -0500 Report

Hi Wendy,

Did you know that it is well-documented that diabetes is closely related to sleep problems, especially sleep apnea?

Here's a link to an article I wrote on the topic a while back, called "Sleep and the 'Betes":


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-09-04 15:54:09 -0500 Report

Amy, Thanks for sharing that site. I too thought I as crazy. I'm lucky to shut my eyes. I wonder how do I survive on practically no sleep. This article explained alot.

Lanore 2008-09-04 09:02:09 -0500 Report

Hi Wendy,
I have trouble from time to time and When I asked my Dr I was told to try tylenol pm. Said it was safe to use. But i would still talk to my Dr to make sure, don't just take my word for it. Always ask. Hope you are feeling better real soon, as I know where you are coming from. Lanore :-)

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