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Exploring nocturnal hypoglycaemia

Written by Team Ultrahuman

Jun 12, 2024
ULTRAHUMAN 12th AUG 1050 min 1

About nocturnal hypoglycemia

Nocturnal hypoglycemia refers to glucose dips during sleeping below a certain threshold.

Common causes of nocturnal hypoglycemia

1. Intense physical activity

  • Increased insulin sensitivity: Intense physical activity during the day can increase insulin sensitivity, leading to nighttime hypoglycemia, particularly for the first night after a sustained session of activity.

2. Late evening alcohol consumption

  • Alcohol’s impact: Consuming alcohol late in the evening can affect glucose levels and lead to nocturnal hypoglycemia.

3. Absence of a nighttime snack

  • Low pre-sleep glucose levels: Not having a nighttime snack when glucose levels were low prior to sleep can cause glucose dips during the night.

4. Skipping dinner

  • Impact on glucose levels: Skipping dinner can lead to insufficient glucose levels overnight, resulting in hypoglycemia.

5. Post-illness adjustments

  • Increased basal insulin: Following a period of illness if basal insulin was increased, it can cause nocturnal hypoglycemia.

Strategies to prevent nocturnal hypoglycemia

1. Optimize fueling strategy

  • Observe glucose patterns: Try optimizing your fueling strategy by observing your body’s glucose consumption patterns to identify the reason for nocturnal hypoglycemia.
  • Avoid triggers: If the reason is from the list above, try to avoid the condition for the next few weeks.

2. Seek professional advice

  • When to consult a professional: If the cause of nocturnal hypoglycemia is not listed here and things don’t improve, try getting in touch with a qualified medical professional.

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