Jim has been retired for several years, but is still very active and likes to work in the garden. He does suffer from diabetes and this has affected his health and his sleep. He finds he has to be careful to carry sugar with him, and think about when he should be eating and drinking. Occasionally he has problems during the night caused by his diabetes.
Jim has found his sleep has changed since he retired, about 18 years ago. He finds that because he is less active now, he sleeps less well, although he does try and keep busy, especially in the summer months when he enjoys being outside. But Jim also thinks his sleep is now affected by his diabetes. About once a week he has a hypo in the night and has to get up and get something to eat and drink, and this does worry him. Sometimes when he wakes up in the night Jim comes downstairs, makes a cup of tea and has a snack, and watches the teletext on the television. After this he feels ready to go back to bed.
Jim also finds he now has to get up a few times in the night to go to the toilet, but he has been told this is because of his age and because he has diabetes. He feels he would go back to the doctor about this if he found he was getting up a lot more in the night and it was disturbing his sleep.
When Jim sits down in the afternoon to read a book, he sometimes finds he has fallen asleep, and may sleep for about an hour. He would rather not do this because he believes it may interfere with his night time sleep.