Before bed snacks

By jladytiger1979 Latest Reply 2014-11-29 19:17:47 -0700
Started 2011-07-01 09:19:03 -0700

Ok everybody. My doctor (due to my original blood glucose tests) determined after I was diagnosed that my sugars were high in the morning because my liver causes too much glucose to be produced while I am sleeping. My morning blood sugrs HAVE been coming down but have stablized around 107/108. The last 2 nights I have had a handful of Sunchips (15) about an hour before I went to bed and BOTH mornings my bg levels were 100!! I've heard that is you snack (healthy with a bit of protein and carb) it can help your blood sugar levels. Has anyone else seen this effect or experience this? What do you snack on at night (healthy) that helps???

(A little FYI: While you sleep and the blood glucose level drops. This signals the liver that more glucose is needed in the blood. The liver converts glycogen into glucose and glucose is dumped into the blood bringing the blood sugar back to a normal level. Sometimes the liver gets excited and produces too much.)

24 replies

chgontve 2014-11-29 19:17:08 -0700 Report

I would like to know also. My morning bs is always high. Protein and carb? Peanut butter/crackers?

jladytiger1979 2011-07-25 14:48:40 -0700 Report

So I've figured out some stuff. I can't snack on dairy. It makes my bs go up in the am. Wile grain has been good and so far sun chips have been the best snack! My bs has been as low as 96 when I snack on them at night. So much for not eating junk food!!!

jladytiger1979 2011-07-08 09:03:29 -0500 Report

OK. LAST night was cantaloupe & sunflower seeds. My bg was 96 this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh and btw whether it was doing this or adding a little more protein into my diet…I have officially hit the 90lb dropped mark!!!!!!!!!!!

NavyNerd 2011-07-05 14:38:49 -0500 Report

I do the bedtime snack too.. partially to handle the dawn effect (when it drops to low about 2 am for me and then spikes about 4 am and starts to drop again). I take my last dose of insulin at bedtime, grab a healthy snack (apples and peanut butter, half a cheese sandwich w mustard on GF bread, etc.) so that my bedtime meds don't come back up on me. It settles my stomach and my fasting BS has been around 107 now instead of 180. Big and exciting change for me! I still get excited to see it on target.. I can't do teh sunchips though.. I have to stick with as much gluten free as I can, otherwise I am miserable for 2 days.. I have set my alarm, and done the night monitering taking it every hour or two, and the trends are more level if I have a bedtime snack, and when I dont do the bedtime snack I get a huge spike.

jladytiger1979 2011-07-05 07:28:50 -0500 Report

Ok everyone, over the weekend I did 1 day Sun Chips then other days did a serving of Wheat thins (one day cheese flavor & 1 day sundried tomato) and a serving of mixed nuts. Every morning including this morning (& I didn't sleep well last night which usually jacks my #s up) & all have been 100!!!!! Every single day!! I lost 2 lbs over the last week!!! Coincidence?? I might have to start a blog diary…

MewElla 2011-07-05 07:33:22 -0500 Report

Hey, you are doing a great job, I'm proud of you!!

jladytiger1979 2011-07-05 08:00:42 -0500 Report

Thanks!! I'm still experimenting & learning every day!!! 15 months into diagnosis so I stil consider myself new! I feel the need to educate myself a little more every day & this sure helps so much!

helen7898 2011-07-04 23:15:28 -0500 Report

My blood sugar in always higher in the morning. I don't eat much all day because I have a very active job. My BS is around 115 two hours after dinner. When I get home I get hungry anf I eat ant sit down the rest of the evening. When I get up in the am around 3 am I will test and it is around 170. I don't know if this is a good thing, but I have a very strange schedule

jayabee52 2011-07-04 23:53:29 -0500 Report

What is your BG number before you go to bed?

170 is rather high for your fasting AM reading. Usually fasting AM readings should be somewhere between 80 and 130. It is said that if you're above 140 for very long it starts to do damage to your body, causing complications from diabetes.

What is your BG readings during the day? It is always preferable to eat Breakfast and lunch. Is there no way you could have a series of low carb, high protein snacks or low carb veggies throughout your busy day perhaps instead of a bigger lunch? It would need to be planned as to what you would eat at those times, so you may not fall into grabbing what is readily available (which in most working environments is generally junk food).

Just out of curiosity, what is your job which is very active and gives you such a "strange" schedule?

cottoncandybaby 2011-07-04 22:14:50 -0500 Report

Before bed, I am usually a little hungry for something sweet and will have a small bowl of Breyers Carb Smart frozen dairy dessert (only comes in vanilla, that I have seen). It is pretty good, and is 13g carb for for 1/2 cup, 90 calories. I sometimes take a few walnuts or almonds and break them up and stir them in. It really satisfies my sweet tooth. Other times, I just have a spoonful or 2 of peanut butter, or a little dish of raspberries with a tiny bit of whipped cream or just plain. Sometimes a small bowl of cereal such as plain Cheerios or Cheerios multi-grain. I don't find that it makes a huge difference in my numbers in the morning, if it does, I cut back on what I eat at night the next night. Your am numbers are good, most of us would love to have those numbers!

jladytiger1979 2011-07-05 07:30:13 -0500 Report

I have been working crazy hard over the last year to do it! 87lbs down to date!

CaliKo 2011-07-05 07:38:31 -0500 Report

Impressive progress! If that's 12 months, it's about 7 pounds a month — you probably already know they say 5-7 pounds a months is about as quick as you should lose to better your chances of making it permanent. Kudos!

jladytiger1979 2011-07-05 08:10:15 -0500 Report

15 months in total since diagnosis. I wasn't losing anything at first because when my Dr diagnosis me I eliminated almost all my carbs & got sick. Then she sent me to a nutritionist & diabetes education & a diabetes cooking class!! That is when I started to lose so essentially is about 12 months after the full 3 month program. I didn't begin a real exercise regiment until 7 months later & saw an even bigger difference in weight loss & bs #s! And LOTS of education.

jayabee52 2011-07-02 01:32:23 -0700 Report

I let my meter be my guide. If I am in the normal range I will eat a SMALL snack before bed to prevent myself from going too low overnight and getting the liver dump (aka the dawn phenemonon). If my BG is in the 130 or above range I don't snack. I usually am at the normal to high normal range in the AM

CaliKo 2011-07-01 09:37:47 -0700 Report

Hello, I eat my bedtime snack within an hour of going to bed. I do best with something whole grain, and add some fat or protein to slow down the carbs. Some of my regular snacks include a whole wheat mini bagel (carbs between 16-20) either plain or with some cream cheese, one of my whole wheat flour tortillas (carbs 21) with a small amount of butter, 3 cups of popcorn plain, or just a carb serving of whole grain crackers and maybe some sunflower seeds or almonds. Good luck!