I WAS WONDERING IF IT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHAT TIME YOU ATE DINNER. I CURRENTLY HAVE BEEN EATING DINNER AROUND 10-11 AT NIGHT BECAUSE MY BOYFRIEND GETS OFF WORK AT 10 SO I JUST COOK DINNER LATER SO WE CAN EAT TOGETHER. SHOULD I BE EATING AT A MORE NORMAL TIME 5-6 PM?
I like to eat around 5-7 because I like to go to bed around 10-11 and I dont like to go to bed with active insulin in my system, and insulin peaks 3-4 hours after injecting so to play it safe I sleep after all my bolus I took for my dinner is gone
It could depend on what time you go to bed and what your insulin situation is. If your medical team has assumed you’re eating a 5-6pm meal when your basal insulin is figured, then it would make a difference. Our bodies also metabolize at different rates when we’re sleeping. I like to have cleared out all insulin on board from food and make sure all food effects have been observed before I sleep for the night, so I prefer to have dinner 3-4 hours before I go to bed.
I’ve been told it’s best to not eat dinner 4-5 hours before bed to make sure the meal’s digested. So, if you’re going sleep late, it should be ok. How do your numbers look?
I also prefer to have no active insulin in my body left when going to bed. I want a reliable blood glucose where I can make a decision: Do I need to eat something OR do I need a correction? Thus I try to eat the last time 3 1/2 to 4 hours before going to sleep (just eating bread for dinner). This reliability is VERY important for the A1C. If the likelyhood of high values in the morning can be reduced it will have great effect on my A1C. Nightly highs will stay high for more than 6 hours. While sleeping I can take no coutermeasures against them. If testing in the reliable time after the meal I can react and compensate accordingly. For me the proper handling of the sleeping period is the key to very good A1C numbers.
Endo told us not to feed dn dinner after eight p.m. at the very latest. I can and do stay up and check blood sugars at night, so I can check insulin on board later on. I have noticed, in her particular case, it does matter whether she eats dinner at 7pm or 8:30 or 9pm. I think it is individual. One trick, I learned from cwd forums is this: If I know for certain she will want a snack, prebolus a unit for the snack at mealtime. In her case, meailtime is 7p.m. If she is going to want a bedtime snack, I give her an extra unit with dinner – not two or three units, just one. Then, when we do the two hour post-prandial check, I can ascertain how much insulin is on board, and she can eat her snack without bolusing for more insulin. That way, all the insulin will have left her system four hours plus after her meal.