Just thought I'd throw this out there because I'm seeing a lot of stress about night checks and we've been trying something different lately. I read crazy fringe pseudo-science stuff so be warned, I'm getting a lot of this from a book called "Lights Out", which discusses essentially how artificial lighting and artificially long days affects our brain chemistry and hormone interaction. So I finally gave up and gave in and asked my husband if we could try some of what's in the book. Essentially, our goal (still unachieved but we're closer) is to keep the artificial lights to a minimum, meaning that when it gets dark outside we start to think about actually going to sleep, and we get up when the sun comes up, naturally, not off alarms and lights and such. What this means this time of year is that I've gone from 6 hour nights to 9 hour nights. I hated it at first, because I needed that "me time" without kids up to get things done, right? Except I was always too tired to get things done. So I got up at 5 a.m. to watch the computer. Now that I'm sleeping longer nights, the time I've got with my family is less miserable, I don't feel like one day drifts into another and it's all one big blur. I've had some physical problems improve a lot. I'm still checking over and over at night, but I'm not exhausted. Also, no lights on in other rooms, no night lights, no street lights in the window, and we're all sleeping much, much more deeply. Now I can't even stand the clock, I have to turn its face to the wall to block the light! Anyway, it's working for us right now, so thought I'd toss it out there. I know lots of folks are in situations where this isn't possible. In my opinion, having diabetes in the family means you have to give up something. I thought it meant giving up ever not feeling exhausted. Now I'm thinking it means giving up watching Hulu at 5 a.m., and maybe that's something I can live with.