It never fails I go to bed pretty much every night with a good blood glucose level. Then it happens, I wake up to a high blood sugar level. I have searched for answers and came across something known as the “dawn phenomenon”. I sometimes think that I might be sleep eating it is like sleep walking but also including a meal in my nightly jaunts during slumber.
I have started to research the cause of this. It is most likely due to a hormone change, your body preparing for the morning wake up. Your liver releases a boost of glucose to prepare. Great I know the cause but I need to know the fix. It has been suggested that I reduce my carbs at night but man I need the carbs to stave off possible hunger. What do I do? I suppose I can just suck it up and have a more carb conscious snack at night.
I usually stick to almonds or popcorn, I have found that the popcorn helps. Maybe eating fewer almonds will help as well. I asked questions of my fellow diabetics and I was told that I should wake in the middle of the night and check my blood glucose level. This seems like a daunting endeavor given that I already have to wake at 4:45a.m. for work and cannot sleep before 11 at night.
I am going to try a few different things first and of course I will call my doctor. It just seems backwards that all I am doing is sleeping and my blood glucose is raised. Maybe I can devise a way to get exercise while I am sleeping as a way to control my morning levels. I could also develop a Pee Wee Hermanesque Rube Goldberg machine that safely takes my test for me while I sleep, patent pending.
All in all I know is that I will figure this out. Diabetes is nothing if not a constantly changing disease that has new surprises every day. It is just new hurdle for me to jump.