Dreams & Low Blood Sugar - Link?


#1

Let’s see - it’s about 6:00 am and I have been up since about 5:30. Not a big deal - it’s Sunday and I have to be in church in a few hours. But, something hit me as I stood in front of my fridge 30 minutes ago, sucking the life out of a Capri Sun juice box.

I had a nightmare and it woke me up. I laid in bed for about 5 minutes, calming myself down and felt slightly low. I tested and my bs was 37!

After I was “normal” again, I realized that about 1/2 of the time I’m awakened by a dream, my bs is low. I was wondering if anyone else had noticed this or am I the only one? I’m going to Google dreams and low blood sugar and see what I come up with - but I always love to hear from my Tu Diabetes folks first. :slight_smile:


#2

I dream a lot (or rather, I remember a lot of them), but for me it doesn’t necessarily imply a low. When there is a low, the dream tends to be especially weird, or like yours, a nightmare. But I’ve also woken up from a low without having been dreaming at all. Just last night was one of “those” nights, where I have dream after dream and don’t really rest much. But I went to bed with my sugar around 170 (don’t remember exactly), and just now (I just woke up) I was 112.


#3

For me, when i dream in color its a sign im crashing. but generally i toss and turn so much (i even throw pillows, kick, and rip sheets off my bed!) that im always on the lower end in the morning


#4

That always happens to me as well!
I usually can’t remember much about the dream afterward, but it’s always enough that it startles me awake.


#5

For me, nightmare equals hypo, no two ways about it.


#6

That’ so weird Ross - that seems to be what happens to me too. I am really going to look into this - I just thought it was crazy how I seemed to be low during my bad dreams, and I really don’t toss and turn, so I can’t blame it on activity.


#7

Wow Rainbow - maybe you were a spy in some other life. lol

The lows generally happen when I’m having a nightmare and I would say trying to escape military dictatorship qualifies. :slight_smile:


#8

I have vivid dreams every night and wake up at least a couple of times. Blood sugar’s usually fine. HOWEVER, I have noticed that sometimes in dreams I start searching for sugary foods. Like, I’ll be in a store looking at chocolate cake mix and wanting it badly, or I’ll try hunting down a place I can get donuts or something. Usually not food I would actually eat for a low (too much fat, you know), but when I wake up… tada… I’ll be under 50! Somehow I must know I’m low. When I was first diagnosed I used to notice that I’d have weird intense dreams of being someone else entirely, as if I was a character in a movie. I’d be a male FBI agent or something. Really odd. Whenever I had a dream like that I’d wake up super low (like 25 … ah, the “good” old days on Lantus).


#9

AHA! Are you all type1’s?
I’m type2 and it seems when I have the nightmares… my numbers skyrocket.
I wonder if it is the same with other type2’s?
This is an interesting thought.
MeadowLark