Like a Hungry Baby


My diabetes is up all night. Hungry.

Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, I awoke at 1:40am, suddenly alert. Blood glucose was 47, so I sucked down an 8 oz. juice box and lay down again. At 5am, alert again, I checked my blood glucose (50) and drank another juice box.

The previous night, similar pattern.

Why is the baby so hungry? She is fed adequately during the day. I have her on a pretty good routine, and, if something out of the ordinary happens — like when she gets intense exercise twice in one day, instead of once — I feed her some extra calories, knowing she’ll be burning that fuel. On such busy days, she also eats a bedtime snack with carbs and protein.

I try to do everything by the book, and still that baby won’t sleep through the night.

I thought I would be different from other parents: more organized, more compliant, more thoughtful. I thought my baby would be peaceful, happy, and predictable.

She’s not. Although she is dependent on me for her care and feeding, still she seems to have a mind of her own.


The photograph, “Baby & Bottle,” is by sunsurfr on Flickr via a Creative Commons license.

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9 years ago

I had this problem to a lesser extent, until we finally lowered my long-acting evening insulin (levemir). BUt, it took a week on a CGM to figure this out. I also unfortunately still go to bed with numbers a bit higher than ideal because I am still afraid of going too low overnight. 

Jane Kokernak
9 years ago

I am on the pump, since the fall of 2003. Life has improved and hypoglycemia reduced, but sometimes the unpredictable still happens.

9 years ago

Are you on the pump?  Since my partner got the pump this doesn’t happen anymore.  Something to think about.

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