What Causes Your Night Time Hypoglycemia Or Low Blood Sugar Levels?
Watch Out for These Symptoms:
- restless sleep
- crying out or having nightmares
- waking up with damp pyjamas or bedclothes due to sweating
- even a headache or
- feeling really tired
These can all be signs of hypoglycemia whilst sleeping.Night Time Hypoglycemia can be Caused by Any One of the Following:
- you may need to eat more in your evening meal, or
- your may need to eat a late-night snack to help you avoid low blood sugars during the night
- if your hypoglycemic episode occurs around 2 am or later… maybe you need to reduce your bedtime dose of insulin… talk to your health care provider
- an hypoglycemic attack early in the night means your dose of short-acting insulin before your evening snack was too high
- exercising in the late afternoon or evening, and then not decreasing your dose of bedtime insulin
- having a few alcoholic drinks
What to do to Avoid Night Time Hypoglycemia:A good basic rule is to always have something extra to eat if you find your blood sugar level is below 120 to 130 mg/dL (6. 7 to 7 mmol/L) before retiring. This will not guarantee you will not have low blood sugar levels during the night… if you have any concerns, check you blood sugar level at 2am… then you will know. If you continue to have problems make sure you consult with your health care provider… he may decide to change your insulin regimen.