sleep and sugar spikes

Dana Jean
By Dana Jean Latest Reply 2012-06-12 16:41:38 -0500
Started 2012-06-06 12:03:27 -0500

I just want to know why my blood sugar spikes while I'm asleep. I use Levemir before I go to bed and my levels are usually 110-120 before bedtime. Why would my levels reach 210-225 while I sleep? I wake up feeling discouraged and feeling like I'm a "Bad" diabetic because my levels are so high then I stress about it all day. Can anyone out there help me out with this?

16 replies

Dana Jean
Dana Jean 2012-06-12 01:30:48 -0500 Report

I want to thank you all for the good advice and for making me feel welcome! Unfortunately my doc didn't give me all the info I needed in order to adjust…I've been on insulin for close to 3 years and I feel like a baby learning how to walk. But with your advice my fasting bsl are between 120 and 160 which is much better than before. Again, thank you all. I hope to get more advice on the many questions I have…but one question at a time! :0)

Nick1962 2012-06-12 11:24:31 -0500 Report

Like James says below, a lot of us were in the same boat regarding lack of information/training. Many were just given a meter and sent on their way.
Ask all you want.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-12 16:08:57 -0500 Report

My Welcome to the Wonderful World of Diabetes packet contained 2 carb counting booklets, some samples of Splenda, stevia, a splenda drink powder that was a test product that tasted very good but has not been made commercially available, a sample of lotion, but no Meter. I want my Meter.
As a mind meander…
Maybe we could start a Wlecome to the Wonderful World of Diabetes Gift Basket company. Put all the goodies in a cute wicker basket, all wrapped up in some fancy company logo printed cellophan, all tied shut with a fancy string attached to a hellium balloon with company logo design. Wouldn't that make entering the wonderful world of diabetes so much more special?

Nick1962 2012-06-12 16:41:38 -0500 Report

Not a bad thought! And don't rret about not getting a free meter. Mine's old and cheap. Still shows BG results in roman numerals.

Caroltoo 2012-06-12 16:41:09 -0500 Report

Actually, Graylin, it's too bad there couldn't be something more comprehensive. My own introduction was a phone call saying … opps, it's worse than I thought and you need to go see a diabetic educator and learn how to give yourself 4 shots a day.

I'm self directed and rather stubborn … I dragged my feet for three months and avoided him, learned lots, changed my diet, and increased my exercise for those three months. When I arrived at the d.e., she conspired with me to continue my education and encourage the doc to change his tactics.

If not for my actions and her later assistance, I'd be doing insulin today. The lesson for me was to take charge of my own care, but first I had to learn how to do that.

jayabee52 2012-06-12 09:21:49 -0500 Report

we're here to "hear" them all! Unfortunately the situation with the Doc is far too common. And IMHO the only "stupid". "foolish" or "dumb" questions is an HONEST question which is NOT asked!

So. please ask away as you may not only be doing yourself a favor, but also someone who comes after with the same question and is somehow afraid to ask it!

old biker
old biker 2012-06-08 22:14:05 -0500 Report

I have a peanut butter sandwich and a glass of milk before bed..Found by doing that it brought my levels closer together..Good luck it can be frustrating..Try not to dwell on it and stress out..welcome to DC

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-07 18:52:01 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC, I know exactly what youre going through. Sometimes whole wheat crackers and string cheese work for me, but not all the time. I may try the cheerios! Good luck!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-07 18:50:16 -0500 Report

I am still playing with this also, so let me know what works for you! I am trying the string cheese, and whole wheat crackers. Right now I will try anything!

jayabee52 2012-06-06 16:44:37 -0500 Report

Howdy Dana Jean, WELCOME ro DiabeticConnect.

In reading the previous responses to you they are telling you what I would be suggesting to you as to how to combat the spikes (night time liver dump)

Praying improved health and Blood Glucose (BG) Management, and may God bless you and yours!


Young1s 2012-06-06 15:42:07 -0500 Report

Welcome Dana Jean! I hope the previous replies have explained it for you. Now the tricky part is finding the right food or combos that will work well for you. I've found that a handful of almonds or a few Garden Veg crackers with peanut butter work for me but might not for you. You'll figure it out though.

Nick1962 2012-06-06 13:03:11 -0500 Report

In most people, diabetic or not this is called "dawn effect" or "liver dump" (you can google these terms too for more info).

While you sleep your body is still burning fuel keeping you alive. If you don't eat for a long period (like during sleep) sometimes your liver releases a load of glucose as a precautionary measure to give your cells something to feed on. That number you get in the morning is known as a "fasting" number. Much the same would happen if you went for 8 hours during the day without eating, which is why many folks have good results by eating smaller meals 6 times a day - it keeps you from going on a roller coaster with your BG's (blood glucose).
You might try some type of higher protein snack before bed - some cheese, maybe some cooked chicken - anything longer lasting that tells your body "don't worry, I'm feeding you" and will tie you over until breakfast.

By the way, noticed you're new here! Welcome to the party! Sorry you qualify for our little group but glad you're here!

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2012-06-06 12:56:08 -0500 Report

I can tell you that 3 years ago I was having that problem. No matter how well I did all day and on the evenings, first thing in the morning my number was terrible. Several people told me to eat a snack before bed (carefully chosen). That seems completely counter intuitive to me. After a while I just said I'd try it, not actually expecting it to work. So you can imagine my surprise when it did work. To this day ( even though my numbers have been under great control for a long time). Personally, I eat 1 cup of either plain or whole wheat cheerios. Just the cheerios, no milk.
Just a thought

irishbear 2012-06-06 17:05:21 -0500 Report

I found this to be true for me as well. Last night around 11pm my bsl was 109.
About an hour later I had roughly 8-10 plain Ritz crackers and finished the rest of the diet soda I had been drinking. Went to bed around 3am, got up at 10 am did a fasting bsl and it was 97. Normally it would've been in the mid 120's.

Nick1962 2012-06-06 13:25:35 -0500 Report

Sorry Cookie, looks like we were typing at the same time. Didn't mean to repeat your already good advice

MewElla 2012-06-06 13:52:38 -0500 Report

IF I don't have a protein snack at nite, I can bet the next morning, bg#'s will be higher…