Help? A question about waking up in the mornings


#1

Hi All,
I normally sleep in til around 8:30 am. sigh… My bloodsugar numbers always range in the 145 to 170 range between 8:30 and 9:30 in the mornings.
When I get up and test at 6 am when my hubby gets ready for work; my numbers range between 110 and 120!!!
So, here is the question.

WHY??? Why such a big difference?
Are we supposed to get up every morning as if we were going out to work? Sorry, without ins. I gotta bug you with all the simple questions too:) teach me?

UGH!!! I love my job! LOL! I think I’m a decent mom and a cool homeschooling teacher. We dont need to get up early:) We just start our day and keep going til our chores are done and schoolwork is done.
MeadowLark


#2

That would be the dawn phenomenon you are talking about. You can Google it if you want and you will find tons of resources on it, but here’s a good one for you to read in the meantime:
http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/1388/taming-dawn/


#3

How about the dawn syndrome? That’s what it sounds like to me. As Manny said cheak out the site he gave you and it will explain more to you.


#4

I read tht the 3 most likely causes are 1.insufficient insulin- it is wearing off over night- 2.the dawn phenomenon, blood sugar rises to get you ready for the day, and 3.the Somogyi effect which is a rebound after blood sugar goes low. I have the last one- if I don’t eat first thing in the morning, by 7 at least, my BG rises about 20 points. I have noticed this on the weekend when I sleep in and also if I go for a walk before breakfast. You could try having a small snack at 6 AM when you get up to test and see if that makes a difference.


#5

Thankyou, I think I will set an alarm and test for a few days. We’ll see what happens.
This one thing has kept me at a point of frustration for two years now.
LOL! by the time I get insurance and am able to show a Dr. all of my logs…
I just hope I get a Dr that will really be interested in my experiences!
MeadowLark


#6

Hi MeadowLark

I’m also a homeschooler, and I also get up late! Dontchya love the freeeeedom! (Until we realise that the kids are at home all the time … there goes freedom lol)

Thankfully I don’t have the DP, but I do get the ‘wake’ phenomenon, where my numbers slowly climb as soon as I’m out of bed - but that’s an easy fix with a unit or two as soon as I get up. Not so easy for someone who isn’t on insulin… but maybe a little exercise the night before, or a small protein snack before bed to give your body something to work with in the morning?