Need sleep.

By ivonalvarez Latest Reply 2011-01-24 04:41:05 -0600
Started 2011-01-13 10:34:07 -0600

Hi everyone.
Does anyone have problems sleeping? I know I do. I have no problem falling asleep but my problem is that after a hour or forty min im awake again for the rest of the night. This problem is starting to get to me. Can someone tell me something I can do that does not have to do with medicine? Ive tried chamomile tea and almonds and also oatmeal. Ive had this problems for the past 3 months. Someone help me!!

97 replies

mkhojh99 2011-01-22 10:17:41 -0600 Report

my daughter hs trouble with this and waking decent in the am so I give her 2 1mg pilss an hour before bed…she sleeps great and doesnt toss and turn and wakes up good for me in the am…they are not expensive so Id give it a try

Tarcila 2011-01-21 07:17:01 -0600 Report

Me,too. I've got that problem. When I'm tired I can sleep at once but then after an hour or two I'll wake up again and can't sleep anymore.

GabbyPA 2011-01-20 14:01:29 -0600 Report

One thing that helps me is to garden. Yep, going to bed stone tired will help me sleep better than anything. I think that's how it's supposed to be. We used to work our bodies, now we just sit at a computer or tv. No wonder we can't sleep. Our bodies are telling us we have not done anything.

nana2005 2011-01-19 19:01:21 -0600 Report

I only get may-be 4 to 5 hrs a day , but their are time to where I only get 3hrs a day. and then it is very hard to do thing because you are to tied to do things. so I know what you mean and understand everything to .
just try to get some more sleep. and rest well. we all here care and willing to help you .

pat3 2011-01-19 14:11:23 -0600 Report

I have had the same problem for some time. My PA put me on OTC Melatonin 5mg, and that helped a lot. Now, had to graduate to 10 mg, and most nights get a decent nights sleep. I know without proper rest this type 2 will not improve.'Hugs, Pat

joni55 2011-01-19 09:44:27 -0600 Report I found this in my e-mail this moring and thought of you. Hope it helps.

cdefatta 2011-01-18 10:11:53 -0600 Report

I have the same problem, i fall asleep then exactly 2 hrs later awake, and this process continues all night every noght for last 15 years

MewElla 2011-01-19 14:13:22 -0600 Report

Me too! You can almost set a clock with me waking up every 2 hrs…it gets nuts..

cdefatta 2011-01-19 15:15:53 -0600 Report

It doesn't affect my mood anymore because it has gone on so long. When i awake i always get up wander around sip some water , 5 min to 10 min then return to the bed and return to sleep. i have tried several different types of sleep aides , i always wake up 2hrs later. sleep to me is sort of like a chore i must work at, so i try to start as early as possible, get as much sleep as possible (2hrs ata time), and i have really come to appreciate the sleep i do get. I also try exersize at least an hour a day to try to offset the lack sleep which in turn helps regulate my BS.

MewElla 2011-01-19 16:12:26 -0600 Report

Sometimes, I can go right back to sleep, other times, the nite goes on and on. I try to stay quiet and not stimulate my mind, for fear I will never get back to sleep.Sometime during the day, I take a cat nap for about 30 minutes. I know I must have my sleep. It is very frusterating..

cdefatta 2011-01-20 08:39:46 -0600 Report

I do know what you mean girl! frustrating , the thing i have learned about diabetes is it really is a dern chore, but in order to be successful, it is such a chore! for me, i can't do the cat nap and i have tried i just can't seem to get sleep, so i just work so hard at trying to get as many 2 hr sessions as i can. The lord has helped me to accept that for some reason i am just going wake up. i know i am supposed to have more REM sleep, but… we just have to keep on trucking !! lol But it is good to know that others have the same type deal as me, its funny i went to bed last night at 10 and of course got up at 12 , and the first thing i thought about was you, i thought well at least i know someone who is up for the same reason i was and, i don't know it just made me feel better. and then again at 2 and again at 4, it was like i had someone on may shoulder so i woke up this morning in a great mood! thanks girl!!

ivonalvarez 2011-01-21 13:23:51 -0600 Report

cdefatta I feel the same way. Im up but I know that some of you are up also. I just wish we could chat at that time. I mean I wish we had a chat room.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-18 22:10:00 -0600 Report

How do you deal with it?? Isint it affecting your mood?

joni55 2011-01-18 22:14:25 -0600 Report

Lack of sleep does effect me. I get cranky and confused sometimes. In the past year, I had gone for long periods of time with almost no sleep at all. I was put on Ambien but I don't recommend it. It not only didn't help, but was giving me a hangover the next day. My doctor said it accumulates in your system with not so pretty results.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-21 13:25:36 -0600 Report

I was on Ambien CR and it worked but after a fue monthes it stoped working then I started to feel the hangover feeling.

AuntieBear 2011-01-18 03:36:31 -0600 Report

I always have trouble falling asleep. I have not found anything that works. At least not anything recently. I used to listen to the Man Without A Face soundtrack, but that no longer does it for me. Good lluck on finding ssomething that works.
Take Care,

PetiePal 2011-01-17 13:09:55 -0600 Report

A warm glass of milk is actually still very viable advice. Any dairy (as long as you're not lactose intolerant) can really help. The best thing you can do is cut out caffeine entirely and start making a "bedtime routine." By this I mean no tv, radio, internet, games OR cell phone playing around an hour prior to bed. If you have a tv in your bedroom don't watch it there…make the room as dark as possible and associate that when you get in your bed it's to SLEEP not lounge etc.

This has helped me best in the past. I recommended a little gizmo called the FitBit as well that does help a ton. ( It's a smart pedometer that you can wear while you sleep that will track your sleeping patterns and show you how efficiently you're really sleeping, when you wake up etc and may help you track down what's making your sleep so erratic.

joni55 2011-01-17 16:54:38 -0600 Report

I agree. I have cut back on caffeine as well as using melatonin. I don't have any caffeine after 5 and try to stay away from it altogether when possible.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-15 22:06:43 -0600 Report

I have books on CDs and if I have a problem falling asleep I put one on. It's like being read to sleep.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-17 16:45:50 -0600 Report

Really what kinds of

squog master
squog master 2011-01-17 18:30:57 -0600 Report

I like fantasy like Harry Potter. The kids I worked with got me hook on HP. But there are all kinds of books on CD. You can go on line & check your favorite book store to see if a company also has the book on CD. Or you can check your library too. And I see you have kids. Books on CDs are great during a long car ride!

tonyandme 2011-01-15 18:58:35 -0600 Report

Hi ! I have a the same problem, after a couple hours I am awake and it takes me forever to fall back to sleep, my dr recommended i try Magnesium tablets, they do help. I get the 250mg ones from Walmart. I feel relaxed when I get up, a nice change…

ivonalvarez 2011-01-17 17:26:00 -0600 Report

tony are the Magnesium tablets the same thing as melatonin??

GabbyPA 2011-01-18 14:08:31 -0600 Report

Magnesium is not the same as melatonin. You have to be careful with magnesium as it is a laxative. So don't take a large dose to start, ease into it slowly.

GabbyPA 2011-01-19 14:06:37 -0600 Report

Melatonin is a hormone that our body naturally produces when it starts to get dark. It tells your body that it is time to sleep and begins to close it down for the night.

joni55 2011-01-15 16:37:19 -0600 Report

I had a friend recommend melatonin. It has helped a lot. It can be found in the vitamin aisle. I was having a lot of trouble sleeping during the summer and early fall and was going for long periods of time with no sleep. It wasn't good. It not only affects you physically but also emotionally.

I started the melatonin a few weeks ago and it has helped. I use 3 mg. before bed.

Dev 2011-01-14 12:24:33 -0600 Report

If there is anybody that teachers yoga and breathing exercises. Ask them to teach you breathing exercises and medition that calms you down. I used to do some breathing exercises to quieten my mind. Actually, now that I think of it, I should start doing those again. Also, roibus or African Red bush tea helps me a lot too.

And also Dr. Gary's suggestions about writing notes used to help my mom. She used to wake up at night and keep awake with all sorts of ideas.
I might start doing that too. I have these epiphanys in the middle of night and I keep telling myself (in sleep), I need to remember this thought when I wake up in the morning and that makes me wake up tired in the morning. It has such a simple solution. wake up and write a note and go back to peaceful sleep. I should have thought it before. Thanks Dr. Gary.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-17 16:52:24 -0600 Report

Yes I always right down what comes into my mind but it dont work for me. Thank you so much for the advice Dev

jayabee52 2011-01-14 17:03:47 -0600 Report

I've done something like this too (writing down he epiphanies) that come in sleep. Unfortunately, in the light of day, I go back and see what I wrote and can't imagine why that would be so important. Occasionally I'll have a good insight.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-17 16:54:39 -0600 Report

Lol jayabee you always make me laugh thank you so much. I laugh because when I go read what I wrote I say "why on earth did I write this" To me it makes no sence. Lol

jayabee52 2011-01-18 09:41:06 -0600 Report

but it DOES get it out of ones' mand so you can try to go to sleep.

Glad I got a chuckle out of you. You made my day.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-14 05:38:38 -0600 Report

I think that Dr Gary is right maybe its the stress cause my mind is always on the go but its not that I want to think about things its that the thoughts dont go away. So maybe he is right.

RAYT721 2011-01-14 04:50:16 -0600 Report

Howdy! Have you been tested for sleep apnea with a sleep study? Have you consulted a doctor about the issue(s) you are having? Sleep is very important to your mind, body and soul whether you are diabetic or not. There is also a sleep connect affiliate here with diabetic connect. All of the way at the top on the right is a link to "visit another community."

ivonalvarez 2011-01-14 05:03:50 -0600 Report

Thank you for your advice I will check at sleep connect and yes I was tested for sleep apnea but no sleep apnea here. I spoke to my Dr's and they give me pills but after a while on the pills my body gets amune to them and stop working. Again than you so much and God bless you.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-01-13 23:03:59 -0600 Report


I am not a good sleeper at all, and I come from a long line of not very good sleepers. I don't want to use prescription meds, and for some reason I didn't have a lot of luck with melatonin, though, like Gabby, a lot of people have had good luck with it.

I have had to really take a look at what keeps me up and night. For me, the cause is stress and overactive mind. I don't kinow if this will help you but here are a few things that I do:

Read inspirational books before I go to bed to calm my mind

Drink tea early in the evening but not within an hour before I sleep, so that I don't have to get up

Keep lists. If something that I do jumps into my mind, I write it on a notecard. Then I tell myself: "You have it on your list. You will tackle it tomorrow. You can't fix it now. So rest." If I wake up thinking about something that I have to do, I wil most likely get up and write iit on the list if it is important at all.

Self-talk. If my mind goes wild at night with worries or frustrations from the day, I tell myself that life is good, that I will do what I need to do to fix what I can, and that I can't fix what I can't fix, especially the past, and that I can't fix the future because it's not here to be fixed."

Avoid caffeine from lunch onward, thouugh I jump on that coffee pot in the morning.

Don't eat within 3 hours of bedtime.

Maybe call a freind in the evening and have talk for awhile, though not someone who is only going to try and rile me up over something.

Avoid TV shows that might be upsetting in any way. Record the police dramas and watch them way earlier in the evening.

There are a lot of useful articles about promoting sleep on the Internet, you might want to do some searching around and see what you come up with.

I don't know if any of this will help but I can tell you with all honesty that an old (OLD) insomniac has been able to learn a few tricks to promote sleep and avoid prescriptions.

Hope this helps!

ivonalvarez 2011-01-17 16:58:52 -0600 Report

Hi Dr Gary I have another sleep apnia test on the 27th of this month so lets see what happens this time. This one will be all night and the day after till 5:00pm I hope it helps this time.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-01-17 22:08:56 -0600 Report


Glad to hear that you are gettng examined for sleep apnea. I didn't think of that one. Certainly something you want to cover off on as you figure out how to get more rest.

Thanks for letting me know. Please keep me posted!


Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-01-19 08:00:06 -0600 Report

Glad you are following up with this. It is always good to have as much information as possible. And thanks for the heads up. I will be interested in learning what you hear on the results.

ivonalvarez 2011-01-14 05:05:17 -0600 Report

Maybe it is the stress I dont know but its actually getting to me already. Thank you Dr Gary for you concern and advice. God bless you

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-01-14 10:29:17 -0600 Report

You are very welcome! You might also want to talk to a counselor at some point, if you are not already doing so. Having a safe place to talk about your feelings, and to get some perspective from an objective listener, can really help a lot in dealing with stress. A counselor could also help you to develop some strategies to help with your stress which might, in turn, also help you to get more shut-eye at night. Just a suggestion. Bless you, too!

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