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October 27, 2016
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Cathy in Iowa recently asked: Have you ever experienced sleeping problems with your daughter? My step son was over this weekend and came into our bedroom 6 times due to the fact he can't sleep. He has this issues a lot of times when he is at our house. Is this anything that can be related to his medicine? Thanks a ton!!

I haven't had sleep issues with Olivia in a long time. She used to wake up often when she was 4, 5, 6 years old, but I think it was due to nerves more than anything. She would wake up when she was low and that would sometimes translate into several wakings during the night, to have me check that she was ok. Sometimes she just needed that reassurance.

Do you routinely check your step-son during the night when he's there? Does his mother check him during the night? If you guys don't do it and his mother does, maybe he's waking up because he's used to being woken up at a certain time and just can't get back to sleep. I know Olivia used to do that when she went to her dad's house. I do night checks with her and he refused. She'd wake up because she was used to me doing it.

That's the only thing I can think of that would make his wakings diabetes-related. Of course, he could be waking to go to the bathroom and then can't get back to sleep. Or he could be having growing pains. Or he could just be a kid. Kids do weird things sometimes (boy, do they!) and I am often just stumped.

I don't know if that helps at all...but I doubt that his waking is diabetes-related. Have you talked to his mother about it, to see if he does this at home, too?

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