Question: My blood sugars have been going very low at night (around 35 mg/dL) before I am awakened. What can I proactively do to condition my body to wake up sooner from a low blood sugar at night?
Answer: Thank you for your question. Your low blood sugar that occurs while sleeping (nocturnal hypoglycemia) is quite serious. First and foremost, you need to notify your physician and see if there needs to be a change in your medication.
Approximately 50% of hypoglycemic episodes actually occur during the evening. Symptoms of nocturnal hypoglycemia include:
- Waking up with a headache
- Night sweats
- Vivid dreams
- Waking up hungry
- High OR low morning blood sugars