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Post-meal naps

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Erin, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. Erin

    Erin Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Happy New Year everyone!

    I have noticed that if I eat just a little too much lunch or supper, i tent to fall asleep for an hour or some. I have to make a New Year's resolution to eat less and not to eat high carb snacks in between. Do you have that symptom too?
     
  2. Dazza1984

    Dazza1984 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Feeling sleepy after a meal is normal. The body diverts more blood to the GI tract after you eat. It makes physiological sense as you can then take in more nutrients, plus supply your guts with more energy/oxygen due to them working a bit harder.

    Prob is this means less blood to other organs like the brain. You then get sleepy.

    It is otherwise known as "Rest & Digest"
     
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  3. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Guru
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    I only get sleepy after food if my blood sugar goes too high.

    Do you have a blood glucose meter? So you can check how high it goes?
     
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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Wow good explanation Dazza:)
     
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  5. graj0

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    I like dazza's explanation, can't say anything more, except that even slightly smaller amounts may not make a huge difference, depends I suppose.
     
  6. Erin

    Erin Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your reply Dazza1984. I did not have this symptom before 2009-- the beginning of diabetes.
    I think it is a matter of glucose rising but what is odd about it is that even when my meter count is normal
    (5.0) before eating, after eating (and yes the amount and type of food is significant) makes me sleepy.
    Also over the years, the post-meal sleepiness is more likely. Anyway, I will try to eat less as that will
    help me lose weight too. I wondered if perhaps my gluclyzide was getting too low (Metformin OK). I was examined by my dr. in August and she was amazed at my average glucose
    performance. Maybe I forget how little I should eat. Thanks again, and to all ( Noblehead, Brunneria,) who took the time to respond.
     
  7. DeejayR

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

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    Hello. Taking naps after lunch was what I did before I was diagnosed Type 2. I didn't like the energy slump and assumed it was part of the illness. So I now aim to keep the same level of energy all the time. If I think I might be spiked by something I try to go for a walk straight after eating (not always practicable). I remember being told never to swim sooner than half an hour after eating so what Dazza says makes sense. But I'm no swimmer! I just like the new feeling of being energised almost all the time.
     
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    Andy12345 Type 2 · Expert

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    Hi, I used to fall asleep if I blinked too long, I would fall asleep in a waiting room and once fell asleep in the shower, (came bursting through the door lol) I believe my sleepiness was because I ate high levels of carbohydrates, once I cut out the carbs, I had masses of energy, you couldn't hold me down
     
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  9. Erin

    Erin Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you DeejayR and Andy12345: good advice from both. I hurt my foot over the holidays wearing tight boots and peripatating the town so I am giving time to recover and will walk again Getting better every day;. But primarily it is the high carbs in diabetes. I think I may have forgotten the amount since 2009 or the gligluzine is no longer in proper carb/drug ratio. It has been 5 years at least and yes prior to that, i was getting sleepy thinking it was pollution, but it was pre-diabetes.
     
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