Of Low Blood Sugar and Nightime

By diabeticmidfielder Latest Reply 2017-11-14 20:46:25 -0600
Started 2008-06-17 14:46:07 -0500

After talking to a friend with diabetes recently, I have been thinking about dropping low during the night and how scary that can be. I'm lucky enough to wake up, without exception, whenever I drop below 55 or 60.

Has anyone had serious issues with dropping low during the night and what do you do to make sure that doesn't happen without running high during the night and in the morning?

23 replies

oak park way
oak park way 2017-11-14 20:40:21 -0600 Report

my husband always drop in the early morning hours i can tell because he is talking silly and not himself what can i do to

cm - 15868
cm - 15868 2008-07-19 06:58:51 -0500 Report

I too suffer from my blood sugar dropping at night. Have you tried having a snack before bedtime? I started having a snack before bedtime and it has worked for me. Try having 1 slice of bread with peanut butter, cheese or any other protein.

Good Luck

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2008-07-17 05:42:12 -0500 Report

My son has dropped low during the night a few times 60's
he wakes up okay, but not feeling to good…Are you on Lantus at night? You may have to adjust your doses…Hope this helps…It is very scary going low at night…

Rita 2008-07-15 06:14:02 -0500 Report

I changed my diet a couple days ago, and i figured out it does not work for me. I've got way too low late evening and during the night. It went down to 29 one day, and 31 the other day. I treated with regular soda 1 1/2 bottle, and the morning reading was 45. Simple sugar works the best to bring up my bs, i messed up earlier with fatty food, and I've got really high the next day.

Norman Bernal
Norman Bernal 2008-07-15 07:06:24 -0500 Report

I eat a handful of almonds and it works fine for me. I wake up with readings between 72 to 98 every morning.

Rita 2008-07-15 07:37:53 -0500 Report

I use to eat pb or peanuts to treat lows, and test again about 20 min, but it gave me false low reading so that way i just over treated. And wake up around 250 in the morning. You know my educator was right, and i just stick with simple sugar when i'm low.

reesik1 2008-06-28 14:39:35 -0500 Report

My blood sugar has dropped to low at during the night.
What I started doing was readjusting my bedtime snack. I would cut back on my
insulin. I was taking Lantus at about 10:30 at night. I would eat a little,
like 15-30 grams of carbs. and then I would be okay.

Barbi187Girl 2008-06-28 08:00:46 -0500 Report

actually i can say that i rarely have low blood sugars, but i do tend to have high blood sugars so usually on an empty stomach i run at 200 and then it just drops down to 70 so hurts me more. i take glipizide in the morning 10mg er, and at night metformin 500mg er, and im working on my weight which has helped my a1c's. they were 7.8 and from loosing some weight my a1cs are now 6.1.

Patricia Bass
Patricia Bass 2008-06-28 04:58:48 -0500 Report

When lows hit me, it's usually in the early a.m. hours and it's usually bad. My husband has to deal with me not being able to wake up and eat. It's very frustrating for him. My sugars are usually in the 40's and 30's by the time he notices my behavior. I am Type 1. I'm not sure how to prevent this from happening. I eat a snack (half a peanutbutter sandwich with a cup of milk) before bedtime. That's generally enough to keep it up during the night. I also don't know why it doesn't wake me up when it gets so low. It makes me scared to sleep alone. My instructor for a nutrition class I took in college told us that you could place a bit of sugar under the tongue if the person was unresponsive (like I was one morning) and that would bring it up enough. Has anyone else heard of this?

Teacher7 2016-09-24 11:00:26 -0500 Report

I've heard of this, but you are taking too much insulin. Set your alarm for 2:00 a.m. and check your blood sugar and eat a snack. If 2:00 a.m. is too late, set it for earlier. It's important to know what is going on in the middle of the night and you can figure it out by checking. Then adjust exercise, snack, and insulin. Let your doctor know. You have to manage it. The doctor can give you some tips. Some endocrinologists suggest using a full time blood glucose monitor for a couple days to see what is happening.

morris.js 2008-06-28 05:18:24 -0500 Report

The best thing to try is the Glucose Gel that comes in a tube. This disolves quickly, and is absorbed easily. It does not spoil, and is easily opened and used if you are too weak to eat anything else.
Also if you are getting those kinds of lows, it might be worth talking to your doctor about getting a Glucagon Emrgency Kit. It is by prescription only, and is used to help those who are too out of it to eat anything to raise their sugar levels. It should be used as a last resort type option, but is relatively safe. In is an injection that temporarily raises you level by making the body release stored glucose. It is only temporary, and the person needs to eat something as soon as they are able to. It comes in a red plastic case with easy to follow picture instructions. Teach your husband and friends how to use it, and keep it close all the time.

I hope this helps.

Dancehawk 2008-06-24 12:36:49 -0500 Report

My doctor told me about extendbars, they carry you for 9 hours.
I get a case a month of them, there are 15 to a case, I eat one before bed if my sugar is 90 or if Im having the trouble of 3 am hunger I eat one each night for a few nights.
They really do help.

give them a try


JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-06-24 14:17:33 -0500 Report

I also found the Extend Crisps. They don't work as well as the bars did but they also dont give me the stomach issues from the Malitol… :)

gogobob 2008-06-25 15:48:32 -0500 Report

there is a product out that is like a watch that if you start to sweat with a low it will go off. So far this year I have been woken up by the emt's due to lows te last one on there meter said low and on me they have seen it read 13 there is also so i'm told a mat to put under your sheets that will go off if you start sweating due to lows that is the one i'm looking for I have parkinsons so the tremors are like going to the gym and having a good work outI still eat a snack before going to sleep but some times i don't work on me. my wife said she could tell if I was going low cuz I wouuld snore but now i wear a cpap machine so snoring wont be heard

tmana 2008-07-20 04:37:01 -0500 Report

Is there a link for this? In winter, I'm usually so cold that in order to fall asleep I need to keep the blankets really high… and then I start sweating in the middle of the night… I've had some weirdities where I may have gone hypothermic, but by the time I was awake enough to check my blood glucose, my body had "corrected" and started me going up high.

gabrg 2008-06-24 07:04:25 -0500 Report

in my 3 year old son's case, he gets a snack at bedtime, and a shot.. generally his bloodsugars are around 15o in the mornings, but oddly enough this morning he woke up at 6o. Glad I got him up when I did.

gabrg 2008-07-15 05:11:14 -0500 Report

I took my son to his 3 month checkup a week ago or so, and I brought up the issue of glucerna with him. He advised against it for a child so young because it's "formulated more for adults." He was worried it would cause excessive weight gain. He suggested melting cheese in a tortilla for part of the snack (18 carb. small tort. + milk?)
I gave it a try, but we're still noticing more and more of a problem with it

beauty416 2008-06-23 08:31:01 -0500 Report

I used to have a client that had type 1 diabetes and his doctor told him to eat 4 peanut butter crackers with the peanut butter in between them. It kept his blood sugar up during the night and was not high the next morning.

aubreyoni 2008-06-24 12:37:38 -0500 Report

My doctor told me the same thing. Peanut butter is the one food that has both fat and carbs. So before bed, I usually eat something with some peanut butter and I've never had an issue when I do that.

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-06-23 04:01:12 -0500 Report

Nighttime lows are one of the scariest things to me. I still have real difficulty keeping things in line during the hours when I'm asleep. Having a pump has helped since I can adjust my basal (it goes through three different rates while I sleep). Doing middle of the night testing has helped get that worked out. I also still have my low sensitivity and usually wake when I hit around 50-45… but I've had a few that I didn't wake until I was in the low 30s and then its hard for me to stand up and take care of it.

I just got married and I feel safer having someone else in the room to help when I have a problem. Before the pump I'd drink a glass of milk before I went to sleep and I still never go to bed without eating something if I'm below 100 when I do my bedtime test.

morris.js 2008-06-23 04:40:49 -0500 Report

I am not on insulin, but I do experience some severe lows during the night. Usualy in the 40's and on occassion into the 30's. I so far, have always woke up with the "cold sweats", and "shakes". I always keep some glucose tablets, or something easy to eat on the night stand. I also keep a Glucagon Emergency Kit close by, and my son and friends know the proper way to use it. My German Shepherd sleeps on the floor next to the bed, and he seems to have a sense about how I'm doing. If my sugars get low, he will start to nudge me as if he wants to go out, so between he and my Black Lab, and my own body giving me signs, I should be able to reach for the glucose in time…LOL
I usualy try to eat something before bed, but it has to be something low on the glycemic index. If it is something higher up on the index, then that is usualy when I will get the lows. Also be cautious if you drink any alcohol. I'm not much of a drinker, (any more at least…hee hee), But if I do have something with acohol, it changes the way my body reacts to carbs and sugars, and it then becomes a guessing game as to how my blood sugar levels react.
As far as what to do to keep from highs in the morning…well that is my biggest problem. The "Dawn Effect" has got me and my doc perplexed.

jupton1 2008-06-17 16:38:29 -0500 Report

I make sure I eat something small before bed.I always check my sugar about a hour before bed..John

oak park way
oak park way 2017-11-14 20:46:25 -0600 Report

try on my huband his has drop 3 night in th e row, he does not know where he is at and talks out of his head had to call ambluance tonight , he does not remember but i do

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