With type 1 diabetics, there is a tendency for blood sugars to drop in the middle of the night. Sometimes its because of the food we ate, other times its because of the insulin we took.
No one decision can guarantee that your blood sugar will not drop, but you can give these a try and see how they work for you!
1. Do a quick glucose check before bed
One way to prevent your blood sugar from dipping in the middle of the night is to grab your glucometer, and do a quick blood sugar check. Even if you wear sensors, it is always a good idea to check with a real meter to get the accurate result. By checking before you sleep, you will be able to catch your low before you set your head down to rest. That way, your sleep can be hassle-free!
2. Don't exercise too late at night
Try to exercise earlier in the day, and have a meal after your exercise. It will prevent you from dropping in the night as a result to your cardio. The best recommendation is to do a 30 minute - 1 hour workout in the morning before starting your day. That way you get your blood flowing and your body awake.
3. Don't drink too much alcohol before sleeping
Many times after a night out, you will go to bed thinking your sugar is fine. But the alcohols are quick to bring our sugars down. Try to have a juice box after a night out, or a snack near your bed to avoid moments of panic.
4. Have a proper dinner
Many people will advise to eat lightly at dinner time. "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a nobleman, dinner like a peasant". But in the case of diabetics, it is a good idea to have a meal packed with nutrients and a little bit of carbs to keep you going through the night. It is never pleasant waking up from your sleep to correct that low you could've easily prevented.
5. Monitor yourself
If you notice a pattern with the way your body reacts to low blood sugars, try to record them. The next time you feel the same way, think of the injections you took before, the foods you ate, what you drank, or activity you took part in to make your blood sugar drop the way it did.
And don't forget to use The Spike App to motion yourself and get insulin reminders!