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Thread: Teenage sound sleepers and alarms

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Indian Trail NC

    Default Teenage sound sleepers and alarms

    Just wondering how many kid, mainly teenagers, hear their alarms at night? Right now my son sleeps through all alarms, alarm clocks and even site changes without missing a wink We are trying to let him gain his independence but we are worried. He has a scout camp coming up this summer that we are completly stressed over. I don't worry about the waking hours but night times are the main issue. How can I train him to hear alarms or alarm clocks so he could manage more on his own while away from us?
    Wife Karen of 22 years
    Dad to Andrew 16,Type1 since 7/02 & Sarah 13
    Pumping since 7/03 Cozmo; 11/2009 Animas Ping; Dexcom; 7/13 T:Slim

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006


    He's 11 - he won't. I would let him be a kid a little longer without giving him that responsibility.

    At scout camp, one of his buddies will hear the alarm. I would also probably run him a little higher - closer to 150 with all the activity. Might even lower his basal so he is in the low 200's at night to avoid any drops from extra activity.

    Will he have a counselor in his room?
    I'm still here.
    DD - 15 - Lantus and MM Pump/Dex G4

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    My 12 year old could sleep through a smoke detector I wouldn't count on her to wake-up, and even if she did wake-up and test her bg, I couldn't assume she would be alert enough to do the right thing with the test result.
    Mom to DD now 16, dx @4
    Cozmo pumper @6
    Minimed pumper @13
    G4 @ 15

    "Happy Birthday, Dr. Banting! Now... let's eat cake! Because, we CAN!" - MCS

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    Maybe it has to do with kids that young needing sleep for growth. My daughter is 11 and sleeps through everything as well. Honestly, I wouldn't want to have to rely on her tween brain to manage her diabetes in the middle of the night anyway. Have you talked to the director of the camp about night checks?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Rhode Island


    My 14 year old sleeps through all alarms. I had his Guardian right beside his head and he never woke up.

    Karen, mom to Nate, age 18.
    Dx'd 12/04 at age 9.
    Pumper since 10/05.
    Pumping with a clear MiniMed 723 "The Revel".
    Quick Sets, Contour Next Link Meter.

    Aug. '09: Apidra

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Ontario, Canada


    Aaron's leaving home next year and still can't be sure he'll wake up to alarms. Though I've noticed -- something kicks in when he's on his own and knows it. Like that knowledge that there's no back-up rouses them more easily. I hope.

    For camp or sleepovers, we've always had Aaron enlist a buddy (or counsellor). Basically the drill is if they hear an alarm go off, they are to harrass him until he wakes up and does his check or whatever...

    mom to Aaron, 18, dx'd Sept 05

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    liverpool, NY


    Allison never hears her pump or cgms alarm.
    mom of Nina(31), Rachel(29), Paul (27), Allison (16) dxd 12/5/07, omnipod 2/19/08, dexcom 9/08, Ashley (14)

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    My son also sleeps through everything and he's 18......

    Mom to twins
    Miles (19) dx'd 4/17/07 @ age 15
    Pumping MM723 (Revel) 11/1/07
    and Megan Non-D

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    Join Date
    Sep 2006


    I sometimes wonder if I am training Nathan to NOT hear alarms in the future. There are nights when his pump beeps quite a bit because I either forget to turn it off when I check him or he is high or low and I am not there right away. He isn't expected to hear them so he doesn't
    Mom to Nathan
    Born 5-22-03
    Diagnosed 2-7-06
    Pumping with Cozmo

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    Brandi sleeps thru her alarms too. Sometimes she says they wake her up and she is very disoriented and manages to turn off the alarm but doesnt realize why she woke up and doesn't test.
    Mom to Brandi - age 18, diagnosed 11/4/09
    Pumping as of 05/10/10 with a GREEN PING
    First A1C since pump start - 6.2
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