1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2021 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Afternoon sleepiness - any remedy

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by elizavk, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. elizavk

    elizavk · Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    23
    I am diabetic for last 7 years. I am taking metformin 500mg morning and evening. My problem is afternoon sleepiness. So tired and sleepy that I am unable to do routine office work.
     
    • Hug Hug x 4
  2. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
    Staff Member

    Messages:
    11,871
    Likes Received:
    15,307
    Trophy Points:
    298
    Hi Eliza and welcome to the forum.
    Even though you have been diabetic for a number of years i’ll post a link to our useful info:
    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/basic-information-for-newly-diagnosed-diabetics.17088/
    I am assuming you are type 2 as you only mention Metformin as your meds. Can I just ask if you eat any particular diet to control your diabetes? I ask as high blood sugar levels can make you tired after meals. Do you check your blood sugar levels at all?
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  3. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,490
    Likes Received:
    3,307
    Trophy Points:
    198
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  4. elizavk

    elizavk · Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    23
    I have some rice, vegetable curries, fish or omlete for lunch. My blood sugar after 2 hours of lunch is usually 140-160mg/dl (7.8 to8.9 mmol/l). Usually very sleepy about 45 minutes after lunch.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  5. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,490
    Likes Received:
    3,307
    Trophy Points:
    198
    ...It's the rice. Lots of carbs in there. Dunno what's in curry because I've never had any (I'm Dutch), but yeah... You could replace it with cauliflower rice? Fish without batter'd be great, omelette too. Just don't use anything with potatoes, rice, cereal, corn or pasta. No fruit either, save for berries, and then with something fatty added...
     
    • Agree Agree x 4
  6. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
    Staff Member

    Messages:
    9,575
    Likes Received:
    6,392
    Trophy Points:
    198
    You could check your bg when you feel sleepy after lunch. It may be the rice is spiking you high enough to make you sleepy.
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
    • Like Like x 1
  7. Pura Vida

    Pura Vida Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    635
    Likes Received:
    1,936
    Trophy Points:
    178
    A strong cup of coffee usually helps me to stay alert.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  8. Polarice

    Polarice · Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    15
    Trophy Points:
    23
    I've just got up having spent 34 of the last 40 hours asleep. I 'dream' of only being tired in the afternoons..........
     
    • Hug Hug x 3
  9. liblob67

    liblob67 · Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    23
    I share your pain! Sometimes a high blood sugar spike after meals immediately knocks me out, the sleepiness is overwhelming, like some sort of diabetic coma. I fall asleep at my desk, and if I'm in a meeting I fall asleep in front of my colleagues, it's so embarassing. The only way I have ever found to avoid this is to stick religiously to a no-carb diet (sorry, a nightmare for busy working people), drinks LOADS of water, and go for a short walk after lunch. And never drive after eating anything high carb...
     
    • Hug Hug x 2
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  10. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
    Staff Member

    Messages:
    9,575
    Likes Received:
    6,392
    Trophy Points:
    198
    That sounds like a whole different problem than Eliza's. Have you seen a HCP about your sleeping? Do you know what the cause is? If you have questions you can start a new thread about it. That would give you more response and doesn't divert this thread from the original question.
    Wish you well!
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
  11. Mandeepsingh

    Mandeepsingh Type 1 · Newbie

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Hello Elizavk

    I've been a type 1 diabetic for 27 yrs and like many of the other posts i too become sleeply / lethergic if my BG is too high, for me above 13. Again keep an eye on your carb intake and test after food when you start to feel sleepy and act accordingly. Hope you get it sorted soon.

    Mandeep
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  12. Mandeepsingh

    Mandeepsingh Type 1 · Newbie

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Just remembered 30mins brisk walk can help lower the BG enough but of course the question is do you have 30mins spare to do this. Again best of luck

    Mandeep
     
    • Informative Informative x 2
    • Like Like x 1
  13. putz593

    putz593 Type 2 · Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    43
    I used to get this, it was the Metformin that made me feel tired. I mentioned this to my doctor and changed my Metformin to a slow release one, it seemed to do the trick.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Informative Informative x 2
  14. rachaelc

    rachaelc Type 2 · Active Member

    Messages:
    33
    Likes Received:
    32
    Trophy Points:
    58
    Yes it's heavy carbs like rice/potato/bread. That's quite a high blood sugar too.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  15. Richard_Sanders

    Richard_Sanders Type 2 · Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Nothing wrong with having a power nap at lunchtime. It can be most beneficial a good coffeek after 20 minutes nap might help. My late father plus a lot of other people in late middle age benefited from these naps.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  16. 1spuds

    1spuds Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    375
    Likes Received:
    388
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Coffee or strong tea is my go to.Since Ive retired I often take a 1-2 hour nap around 5-6 PM and 4-5 hours at night,works for me.Folks used to go to bed after dinner and couple hours after sundown,then get up later and do whatever,then sleep again before sunrise.Supposedly we are wired that way.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  17. elizavk

    elizavk · Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    23
    Thank you friends for all the replies. As per the food habits of the region where I live, it is difficult to find a meal without rice. I will keep my portion size as low as possible. Will try a 15-20 minutes walk too. Full 30 minutes will be difficult to find out
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  18. elizavk

    elizavk · Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    23
    This is exactly my problem too.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  19. MeiChanski

    MeiChanski Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,972
    Likes Received:
    1,776
    Trophy Points:
    198
    There's cauliflower rice which is a fantastic alternative to rice, very tasty with curries. My family anmd I love rice more than noodles and cauliflower rice has been beneficial to keeping my BG levels stable. It doesn't take long to cook compared to rice. :) Or as you say cut down the portion of your rice and fill it up on either veg or more protein, possibly more fat too.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  20. jjraak

    jjraak Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,649
    Likes Received:
    9,592
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Hi @elizavk

    Well.....we all have a certain body rythmn, we should pay attention to, but there is nothing that says what meal you HAVE to eat and when.

    Try skipping lunch. see if that improves anything
    .
    OR

    You could switch lunch for some Greek yoghurt and berries perhaps, then push lunch back untill after work... Skip dinner, or pick the one meal that offers the most appropriate amount of food to your appetite at the time.

    My food menu for the day rarely fits the normal 3 square meal a day mantra anymore.

    Food, while enjoyable, is now also a tool, to help get me through the day... And like any tool it depends how YOU use it and making it suit your needs.

    Good luck finding a solution
     
    • Like Like x 3
    • Winner Winner x 1
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook