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How to prevent Nighttime Hypoglycemia

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Blood sugar drops at night are very common for people with diabetes. Experiencing hypoglycemia during sleep can be caused by many different factors, like not getting enough carbs at dinner, too low blood glucose before bed, Long or too intense physical activity during the day, etc. Low blood glucose at nighttime levels can lead to headaches and loss of sleep. In extreme cases, seizures or even coma. But here are the good news, following these few simple tips, you can prevent low blood sugar and enjoy healthy and good sleep!

Check your blood sugar level before bed

It is critical to check your level before going to bed to prevent an episode of low blood sugar during the night. If your blood sugar is close to 70 milligrams per deciliter, eat a little healthy snack before sleep, like a sandwich with avocado, yogurt with berries, or apple with peanut butter.

Don’t Skip Dinner

Skipping food intake before going to bed is the main trigger for low blood sugar at nighttime. It is important to have a healthy balanced dinner to prevent hypoglycemia while you sleep.


Avoid intense physical activity in the two hours before going to bed

Of course, regular exercises are beneficial for people with diabetes, but not before bedtime, because intense exercises can cause your blood sugar to dip. It can increase the risks of hypoglycemia at night.


Monitor your low blood sugar symptoms

You should be aware of your body responses when your blood glucose is low at night. Night Time Hypo people with diabetes usually wake up with a headache, feel unusually tired, or wake with damp bedclothes and sheets from sweating.

To avoid nighttime hypos have some quick carb snack next to your bed so that if a hypo occurs, you can treat it as quickly as possible. Also, to protect your sensor while you sleep, use Fixic adhesive patches, depending on what sensor, Freestyle Libre, or Dexcom you use!