Hypo at night

By 95ncountin Latest Reply 2013-04-02 06:41:45 -0500
Started 2013-03-30 01:48:15 -0500

I just awoke from sleep hypo. Does that happen to many of you often? It's kind of scary. My heart was racing. When I fell asleep, my level was 132. For those of you who experience this, what is your target number before you go to sleep to prevent this ? I'm trying to get a feel for this. Thanks so much for caring and taking the time to respond. Janie

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1rahrbunny 2013-04-02 06:41:45 -0500 Report

I have a hate-hate relationship with my nocturnal hypoglycemia. Now, my service dog wakes me up so I can make corrective measures… but it used to be a big issue for me. You may not be waking up for all of them especially if you wake up with a random high here and there in the morning…or if you've had nightmares. If you are on a pump there are some tried and true approaches to ironing out overnight basal rates but on shots its more tricky. I try to be over 100 before sleep if possible. I personally would prefer to trust my basal rates and/or modify those to maintain bg rather than eating , but that is just me.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-04-01 14:28:26 -0500 Report

I have had a 35 bad low, I am now on the CGM (continuous gluocose monitor), and try to be over 125 before bed. Peanut butter on whole wheat crackers help with these lows.

95ncountin 2013-04-01 20:46:56 -0500 Report

Maybe having this hypo-lows at night more often than I think. Did you find the CGN helpful? I don't know anything about them.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-04-02 06:13:48 -0500 Report

The CGM is very helpful my Endo prescribed it because of the number of lows I was having. The CGM is an alarm whichi have set if I drop below 60 and also if I go over 140. It sure has had to wake me up quite a few times. Have you also checked your meds, we have had to decrease my long lasting insulin.

95ncountin 2013-03-31 15:43:36 -0500 Report

My bad. The number when I went to bed was 132 and 65 when I woke up in the middle of the night.

jayabee52 2013-03-31 16:11:53 -0500 Report

you were clear in your oiginal posting that you went to bed at BG of 132 mg/dl. I don't think you specified a number of your hypo BG until just now.

missymoose13 2013-03-30 23:28:25 -0500 Report

Wow 132 I would have been comfortable going to bed at that number but I've been waking up too lows too (42) but my insulin pump will be beeping and ill be sweating . I keep some of my hubby's lunch snacks in my bedside table

jayabee52 2013-03-30 10:42:58 -0500 Report

Howdy Janie
My Dr told me to avoid getting a liver dump (which would mean I had hypo'd) in the middle of the night or early AM to eat a snack (Like Gwen suggested) IF I was below 130 in my before bed test. So following that I would have felt that I was OK at 132. What was your Blood Glucose (BG) ievel upon awakening? (or how did you know you were hypo?)

I am wondering if something else is going on with you? Alan's questions are an indication of that as well. My version of the question: In what way are you trying to manage your BG levels? Do you have other conditions, like heart trouble, in addition to diabetes?

I pray the reason for this can be uncovered and corrected!


IronOre 2013-03-30 08:54:04 -0500 Report

Does it happen to me often? no, but it happens
One time I swear I heard an angle's voice calling my name to wake me up and get something to eat.

IronOre 2013-03-31 20:16:39 -0500 Report

yes 132 is a good number, but one thing about testing is that you really don't know if that is a "leveled off" number.
Think about that curve that you have seen about how insulin acts . . . if you tested yourself in the middle of one of those up or down slopes that really is not a good reading.

Gwen214 2013-03-30 08:47:38 -0500 Report

I've woke up with a 49, and yes it's scary. I make sure, I eat a snack before bedtime. Usually 15 carbs and add a protein.

Take care

alanbossman 2013-03-30 08:35:59 -0500 Report

Well, Janie a low for me is somewhere around 65 or lower. Your number 132 is really not a low. What meds. are you on? How long have you been a PWD?