When I was in college, I carried a full load of credits every semester and also worked a full-time job as a waitress. My life was a swirl of 6 am breakfast shifts, afternoon classes, and closing the restaurant at night, not to mention the ridiculous parties we threw on the weekends.
Needless to say, my hours spent sleeping were limited. But for some reason, I functioned without too much issue. (I should also add that during these ridiculously scheduled days, my A1c was dancing around the edges of double digits and my parents were in the middle of a very tumultuous divorce, so my physical and emotional heath were not at their respective bests.)
I'm several years past college at this point, yet still keeping the same kind of schedule. I'm up early for work, spending nine hours at my job, hitting the gym on weeknights, and staying up late to work/watch movies/hang out with Chris/dine out/whatever. Most often, my head connects with my pillow past midnight and the alarms start clanging around 7:15 in the morning. The biggest difference this round is that I'm a. not drinking nearly as much and b. my A1c is tighter.
The sleep debt is starting to affect my credit. ;)
I've had some trouble sleeping for the past week, thanks to alarming CGMs, pathetically meowing little gray cats, the power of a late night cup of coffee, and the thoughts being tumble-dried in my brain at all times. Last night, I worked on some freelance projects until almost midnight, then spent three hours dealing with a lingering low blood sugar that refused to budge (and the CGM refused to stop bleating at me). Was it the intensity of my run yesterday afternoon? Is it the fact that I was back on the hormones in my birth control pill? Is the the fact that I have a wedding gown fitting this weekend and can't stop thinking about it? Was it the project I was immersed in last night, my brain excitedly churning out new ideas?
Whatever the reason for my insomnia, it's taking a toll on my diabetes. Even though it seems to be "all the rage" to be a twenty-something who crams everything she can into a 24 hour day, I don't know if this pace is something I can keep up. Taking a spin through the 24 memory on my MiniLink, I see that I'm normal-to-low all night long, then taking a sharp spin into the oblivion of the 200 mg/dl range around 10 am and hovering there for about two hours. Hmmmm. I'm not going to react to this until I see it a few more times, but it's definitely something to keep an eye on.
Sleepless nights cause distracted days for me. I'm getting my work done and burning through my to-do list, but I'm not feeling very creative. I'm also having a harder time reacting to my numbers. MiniLink beeps that I'm over 160 mg/dl and I clear the alarm but don't check the insulin-on-board and lace in a correction dose, if necessary. I'm just plodding along, drenched with apathy and craving a nap. It's like diabetes is just a blip on my sleepy radar.
Tonight, I will go to bed early, task-list be damned. And I'll be bright-eyed and inspired for tomorrow, ready to deal with all the curve balls that life, including diabetes, can toss my way.
Do sleepless nights affect your diabetes care? How do you deal?