Do you test in the middle of the night?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2009-02-14 13:14:47 -0600
Started 2009-02-07 08:10:08 -0600

Since my morning numbers always seem to be higher than my bedtime numbers, I am going to start testing when I get up in the middle of the night.
Should I try to do it the same time every night? The dogs usually get me up at 4:30 and the call of nature usually gets me up around 2:30. Last night I tested at the 2:30 time, and sure enough it was on the rise.
By mornining it was up by 30 points. It just frustrates me.

Do any of you test this way and what is the best time or thing to look for?

18 replies

Anonymous 2009-02-14 13:14:47 -0600 Report

I do not test in the middle of the night unless I feel the need to or I am sick. But I know I have told you all this before but since I have been drinking the red wine at bedtime I have not had morning highs. I do not know if it is the wine or all the other stuff that I do but the morning highs are gone. My doctor thinks it is great.

tabby9146 2009-02-14 13:01:08 -0600 Report

I don't test in the middle of the night. If I ever don't feel well, then I would. I am prone to lows once in a while. I test as soon as I get up in the morning and then 2 hours after I had started eating dinner. Sorry you are having problems and I really hope that they improve for you.

GabbyPA 2009-02-12 18:23:58 -0600 Report

I have been testing around 2:30 AM and finding that I am on my way up by then. I just don't know what to do. I try to not snack and it goes up. I try to snack and it goes up. I am at such a loss. And now I am finding that it is going up after I exercise instead of going down. So I would say if I ate a little hand full of nuts BEFRORE exercising it would prevent my liver from dumping sugar into my blood...but so far it is not working. I need to give it more time, but I just feel lost,

dj7110 2009-02-07 22:18:15 -0600 Report

I test at night at various times when i wake up in the mifdle of the night.. most of the time when i do it is on the higher side.. My dr says this is also because of stress that elevates it.. I suffer from PTSD and have frequent nightmares.I also want to mention awhile back when I was on my first meter, I believe an accu check brand, I did recieve a recall message on trouble with abnormal readings close to midnight.. something about it being off and giving inaccurate readings to not to use the meter unti; after 1am or rather.. Don't recall exactly what it had.. but i no longer use that meter anyway and I'm sure the company may have corrected this problem since with there newer ones.

dj7110 2009-02-07 22:35:17 -0600 Report

just found that recall I was trying to remember in my previous post here that effected my older said the following… - has issued a Class II recall of its Accu-Chek Advantage blood glucose meters and its Accu-Chek Voicemate glucose monitoring systems for the visually impaired because of software problems. The defect in the Accu-Chek Advantage meter causes the device's memory to store erroneous values under specific circumstances. If the user performs a test when the meter's internal clock registers from 12:00 a.m. to 12:10 a.m. on the day that the meter believes is the first of a seven-day cycle, the test result can be incorrect. The same software problem also causes the Accu-Chek Voicemate system to orally report erroneous values taken from the meter's memory.

bscmom3 2009-02-07 13:33:31 -0600 Report

Have you talked to your doctor about a medication before bedtime? I had high blood sugar in the morning until my doctor changed my medication to have a bedtime dose.

GabbyPA 2009-02-07 14:37:39 -0600 Report

That is what I am hoping to do. I am on metformin and I think if I take one with my snack before bed, that I should stabalize at least. and maybe not rise.

2009-02-07 11:27:14 -0600 Report

Gabby, I do test at 3:00am each day! Reason being I was having horrible nightmares and Amy T suggested I try this as I was more than likely going hypo during the night. It would be at 30, 40 or 50 range at 3:00am. Since then, my doctor has lowered my insulin pm dose (am dose now too) because I was getting too much insulin. My middle of the night readings are holding in the 80's to 90's now. This has made me feel 100% better during the day. Lots more energy!!! It's well worth waking up to find out where you're at, especially if you tend to run on the low side like I do. Thanks for a great question! Take care, Angie

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-07 11:33:25 -0600 Report

I have been testing in the middle of the night for about 2 months now. I started testing because they needed those readings for me to get the pump. Since testing I notice I am able to kee a happy medium now. I was reunning low in the middle of the night, no let me rephase that. I was downing out in the middle of the night. Now checking around 2 or 3 I am able to keep control, thats cool with me except when I am in a deep sleep, which isn't that often(LOL)

GabbyPA 2009-02-07 14:40:37 -0600 Report

I am glad I don't suffer lows, but it is frustrating to go to bed with a 160 and wake up with a 196...makes me nuts. if I can start lower in the morning, I know the rest of my day will usually go better. I also have been having nightmares, very vivid and ones that I remember...I can recount them the next morning. I never used to be able to do that. I so wonder what my body does while I'm sleeping. LOL

rbergman 2009-02-07 08:19:52 -0600 Report

I don't have the issue you have, usually if I have issues its because its gone too low and I feel all clammy and shaky because its too low, I do test to see what my numbers are but that doesn't happen all the time. For me it all depends on how I feel when I get that call of nature in the middle of the night as to whether I test or not. It doesn't happen at the same time every night though either. I don't know that I would set an alarm to get up to test but if you're awakened for whatever reason in the middle of the night and feel odd, then I'd test, and when I log that test I always put why I tested and what I did depending on the numbers.

Best of luck with this,

GabbyPA 2009-02-07 08:44:41 -0600 Report

Thanks, I usually sweat a lot when I sleep. Even now in winter, I will end up on the top of the sheets for a while almost every night. I used to think it was menapause, but my doc said it might be diabetes. So as I don't feel odd, I just feel a need to know. I am turning into a numbers junkie. LOL
Oh, and by the way...I LOVE you pug mug! She is just too cute! Ok, just change it. I love the Boston too. Cute puppy

roger 2009-02-07 09:22:07 -0600 Report

dawn # were higher in am also.when we looked at my CGMS read out it showed that i realy went low and my body tryed to corect but then could not put out the insulin to counter that os i would go high . cure have a snack befor bed and bolus so that you dont go high or low and your # at pm and am should be closer. it worked for me hope it will for you

Bob Moore
Bob Moore 2009-02-07 10:47:31 -0600 Report

Gabby—I have a diabetic problem similar to yours. II dont know if you have this other problem that seems to o.My readings are very varied—I asked my Dr. what do I aim for —& he told me that I am a diver so I will have deficulty regualating if I ever do succed in doing so— He told me that he will consider any readings in the 100s as normal for me & to shoot for that. I can be high one minut 7 LOW THE NEXT—-bOB