By mema05 Latest Reply 2010-08-15 16:20:31 -0500
Started 2010-07-29 20:37:23 -0500


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vgarrison 2010-08-05 23:49:27 -0500 Report

OMG finally I'm not the only one with the lovely hangovers…I have found that it is my bs that are making me feel this way, yet I never thought about the dehydration part of it…thanks for posting this…I think we all learned something from it!!!!

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PetiePal 2010-08-02 09:40:19 -0500 Report

What you're likely experiencing may be "Dawn Phenomenon" or what most of us familiarly acquainted with it, "Dawn Effect."

No one knows for SURE why it REALLY occurs, but there are some theories. When you sleep you're not eating anything so your BG drops. It may get low enough that your liver sends out Glucagon to raise the BG. Then the Liver (I believe right someone back me up on this) releases insulin to pull it down slowly again. These little micro checks and balances continue all night. In a normal nondiabetic person this works fine.

However in a diabetic you're either Insulin-Resistant or you don't produce enough to begin with…so the floodgates are open so to speak but the brakes are rusty and don't really get applied…so that bit of Glucagon that would keep you from getting too low in a nondiabetic skyrockets a diabetic simply because it takes a LOT longer to come down (due to the lack or inefficiency of insulin)…that's why I, and many others, consistently wake up with fasting levels of 130-160.

Once you get up and start moving around your body starts burning some glucose and regulating itself again. You may see your BG drop before breakfast. The way to really know is to test at bedtime then set an alarm to test at 3am. If it's higher than bedtime that's the Dawn Effect at work!

YaYaSkidz 2010-08-03 09:47:09 -0500 Report

great way to describe the dawn effect — spot on. I especially have to watch on the weekends when I am tempted to sleep in. Those extra hours unchecked add to the problem.

Meeshe 2010-08-08 09:05:08 -0500 Report

I cant thank you enough for this.. I feel the same in the mornings and figured it was because of something I was doing wrong… I tried not eating ANYTHING after 6 pm and still would wake with my BS at around 160…now that I know maybe if I take a walk down the stairs and back up again in my apt building when I wake it might help a little…

mas14years 2010-07-31 15:00:16 -0500 Report

hey, this may not be it, but when your sugar is high it is very easy to become dehydrated from the constant drinking and peeing. A hangover is basically dehydration. My suggestion would be to try and lower you sugar asap or try drinking things with electrolytes but no sugar. such as powerade zero, smart water. When I get really dehydrated i try pedialyte for kids. It really works, but there is some sugar in this. Hope this helps you

GabbyPA 2010-07-31 18:56:47 -0500 Report

Another natural alternative to this is unsweetened coconut water. Make sure it is not with added sugar. I use that in my smoothies and it is great too.

realsis77 2010-07-30 13:05:27 -0500 Report

I understand that I feel like that too! I'm just newly diagonsed so I'm not sure what the heck it is but I want to let you know I totally understand what your saying! I feel exactly like that also in the mornings!

sc1boy 2010-07-30 09:46:16 -0500 Report

have you checked your BG when you get up. It could be that your BG is low. That is what happens to me when my BG get to low I am really tired and don't want to get up and do anything.

mema05 2010-07-30 14:25:23 -0500 Report

yes i do and its high…

LKeplinger 2010-08-01 21:46:54 -0500 Report

Check your blood sugar prior to sleep… and then at about 2 or 3 a.m. for a few days. It may very well be that you are going low and then rebounding (Somogyi syndrome).

kdroberts 2010-07-30 09:39:38 -0500 Report

Do you suffer from allergies or take an allergy drug on a regular basis, zyrtec, claratin, etc?

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-30 22:18:08 -0500 Report

Excuse me are these bad things to take as a diabetic ? My husband takes them sometimes when his allergies bother him.

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kdroberts 2010-07-31 20:12:13 -0500 Report

No but often when people take them in the AM they are not working well when you sleep which can lead to all the symptoms the OP describes because you are stationary and your throat/sinuses take a beating. Taking them a couple of hours before bed can help a lot.

MAYS 2010-07-29 20:58:16 -0500 Report

Check with your doctor, but here is a suggestion, check your glucose level before going to bed at night, upon waking up check your blood glucose level again (before urinating) and write it down, let your doctor know what these numbers are when you visit or call.


Diane987 2010-07-29 22:29:12 -0500 Report

Just curious, why before urinating?

MAYS 2010-07-29 22:49:21 -0500 Report

Your body's stress level is high when your bladder is full of urine which also raises the glucose level in a diabetic, there was a debate as to when should you take your first test reading in the morning before or after urinating and most doctors recommend before (possibly for a more accurate reading of night time activity?)

It's beleived that within 30 minutes or so after your first urination that your numbers can come down some what (nothing spectacular).

I never tested this, but now I think that I will for a week just to see what the results are (it's worth a few extra test strips and ketostix).


MAYS 2010-07-30 14:47:44 -0500 Report

When you test yourself what are your numbers, and how often do you test yourself (how many times a day) and when?

MAYS 2010-07-30 22:02:38 -0500 Report

Let's try a little experimentation, one day test yourself prior to eating a meal and then two hours after, log down the results of your testing before, after and what your meals consisted of for that day, the objective is to see what is raising your blood glucose level, how rapidly and by how much.
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RAYT721 2010-07-29 20:48:16 -0500 Report

I could guess but not qualified to give a diagnosis. It sounds like something you should probably be asking of a doctor because it may or may not be related to diabetes. There are some times when only a doctor or medical team can help you diagnose and treat conditions like complications, allergies, sleep apnea or sleep drinking.

GabbyPA 2010-07-31 09:56:00 -0500 Report

Ok Ray...sleep drinking? Is that a ray thing? I drink water at night because I get dry mouth. Is that what you mean?

RAYT721 2010-07-31 12:24:38 -0500 Report

It's a Ray thing!!!

eddieann 2010-08-15 16:18:13 -0500 Report

Do you really not remember. I take a bottle of water to bed with me everynight, because I get thirsty and dry. Around 7 to 8 I crave water so bad I want to stay up later sometimes just to drink water. I drink water all day, plus tea or soda. I have a drink with me at all times. But at night it is only water that I want.