FTR: I love the "Animal House" Soundtrack.
I couldn’t wait to go to bed last night, I was exhausted and I knew that once my head hit the pillow - I’d be out like a light.Except that’s not what happened at all.
I tried to sleep, I really did, but I kept tossing and turning so much that the lyrics from the song,‘Tossin And Turnin’ by Bobby Lewis kept going through my head, which made me even more wide awake because it's such a catchy tune and I can't help but start to sing it whenever I think of it... but I digress.
I had an idea of what the problem was, but I needed to confirm it.
I turned on the light, grabbed my meter from the nightstand, did a check and was 266.
Just what I thought - I’d done a site change at 10 pm because of two challenging blood sugars (253 and 270) in a row after 3 days of truly beautiful numbers and an itchy site that was only 30 hours old.
Ok, so this is weird but it's also good: In the last couple of years I've noticed that when I go to bed feeling super exhausted, but then feel super restless, wide awake and can’t fall asleep once I'm in bed, there’s a good chance it’s because my blood sugar is going north. Which is really strange because you'd think I'd be all types of sluggish, like I am when my blood sugar is elevated during the day or when I wake up with a high Bg - But that hasn't been the case when it happens at bedtime.
Sidebar: I ALWAYS get a strange feeling in the pit of my stomach & right near my bellybutton if I feel my blood sugar begins to head south before bed - it will keep me up for obvious reasons if I ignore it - Never fails.Before changing out the new site I had to make sure that it was the infusion site the was the culprit. I did a correction bolus and waited 40 minutes, during which time I was still feeling restless and wide awake as I sat on my couch and scrolled down my FaceBook feed. When I tested again I was 263.
Yep, it was definitely the site. I changed it out & committed to waiting another 40 minutes.
But 20 minutes in, I started feeling tired. It was almost 2 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, of course I was tired - Hell, I should have been asleep!
But in my gut I knew I’d nailed the culprit. Nailed it or not though, it was 1:59 a.m. and I was spent.
Finally, at 2:17 I checked again and my blood sugar was 221 - I made a beeline for my bed and this time, I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
I woke up five hours later with a 150 bg and a slight, (but not as terrible as it could have been,) high blood sugar hangover.
I live alone, I don’t have a CGM and I need to consider getting one for a multitude of reasons. If I'd had a cgm last night, I would have been able to spot that the arrows up trend and I probably would gotten more than 5 hours of sleep.
Also, I'm really curious, am I the only one who gets uber restless and can’t fall asleep if my blood sugar begins to head super north at bedtime?
We're all different and your diabetes may vary, but what unusual idiosyncrasies/signs does your body give you when it comes to diabetes?