I am confused by my evening and next day morning numbers. I can go to bed at 120 or under and wake up the next morning between 140-160. Conversely, if I go to bed at 160 or higher, I wake up around 112-115. I still cannot figure out why this is transpiring. I was diagnosed in Nov 2011.

Patty Bonsignore


Sometimes if the body does not get enough food in the evening hours, the body may think it is starving and send messages to the liver to make more glucose overnight. This is what may be happening to you on the days when your blood glucose goes up overnight. Having a small higher protein snack, such as lowfat cheese sticks, or a half cup of lowfat cottage cheese, some peanut butter with a few saltines, or a half cup of lower calorie Greek yogurt, may help the liver produce less glucose overnight. The trick to snacking in the evening is not to eat too many carbs or too big a snack, particularly if you are trying to lose weight. If you find your blood glucose levels continue to be up and down overnight, even with a small snack, meeting with a dietitian who can do a detailed review of your eating habits may help.

January 21, 2013 at 10:26 pm

8 replies

fpulido 2013-03-11 15:52:12 -0500 Report

Wonderful feedback! As we are always told, Diabetes is an ever changing disease. I was happy to see I was not alone in my oddity :)

gbeatricer 2013-03-09 14:55:25 -0600 Report

I check my sugars 6 X's a day, aggressive management with my endocrinologist, but still have many different readings. See her 4 to 5 times a year, but she is aware of all the different readings just as I am when I write the results.Seems i am an exception to the rule when it comes to medical oddities. Even the dietitian says so. I've been diabetic 33 years. any new information is good to know.

nefertari 2013-03-09 11:58:26 -0600 Report

My problem has been similar, only higher numbers like 210 before bedtime, then wake up to 275 in the AM. I have tried a no wheat, pasta, rice or potatoes and it still happens. Will try your suggestions as I am going crazy. It was always at 90 to 120 before all this. Hope it works.

Michael V Baker
Michael V Baker 2013-03-09 11:20:51 -0600 Report

Thank you Patty for sharing with all, the fundamental suggestion. The suggestion is important to all obviously, not just Diabetics. Having D 1 for 45 years, and recently converted to an Omnipod pump that feeds me continuously .75 units/hour, glucose control via BG reads, have been awesome in combo with your shared wisdom of practice. It's not a discipline vs. just a change in historical eating habits within the eve hours…:))

Starwalker 2013-02-22 20:54:52 -0600 Report

Thank you for this info. Have similar problem & asked my Dr. for help & to explain & got no where except to be told to be sure take the 55 units of insulin at night & 70 units in the morning Have question, had a 154 level & did a bit of housework type things @ church & level dropped to 71 and another day had 219 in afternoon due to Fibro pain but took a nap after snack of 2 slices of English Toast bread with margarine & woke up with a 95 level is this same principle at work?