When your blood sugar is low, do you just want to sleep?
Maybe a better question is, “When is it okay to have low blood sugar?”
The answer is, ” Never.” Especially “never” when you have Hashimoto’s Disease or hypothyroidism as it exacerbates your brain health, adrenal and other hormonal systems.
And, hypoglycemia tends to be one of the many linked-in conditions to thyroid dysfunction.
MY STORY – MIGHT BE YOURS STORY TOO
I’ve had low blood sugar problems since I was a child. I remember fainting in church often in my early teens. Why? I was raised Catholic. “Back then” we couldn’t eat before church in order to have communion, in fact, it was a “sin!” Who needed more fear of going to hell! So, by the time we went to church and came home and fixed lunch (no fast food back then), I was several quarts low on blood sugar for sure.
2) My 20’s
In my early 20’s I totaled out my car on the interstate. Luckily I was not hurt. After going back to get my car I realized that where I “remember” last driving and where it actually was was 15 miles further. I’d had a black out. I had a black out due to low blood sugar. A glucose tolerance test a few days later by a Chiropractor proved it. He told me to go on a no sugar, high complex carbohydrate and protein diet. I did. It helped. (Thank goodness for Chiropractors who almost all and always study whole body and nutrition).
3) My Late 20’s
When I was 28 and 29 I worked two summer’s at Girl Scout Camps. The second year I directed a day camp, I made sure that all my counselors carried peanut butter (this was before peanut allergies took over) with them to spoon feed our little campers who would, an hour or two after breakfast or lunch, get dizzy, start falling over or sobbing for no reason. Low blood sugar.
4) Ever since
Ever since I’ve been eating pretty much the same diet that chiropractor gave me so long ago. Due to my being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease a few years ago I’ve had to get even more serious about sugar and other foods that trigger low blood sugar, my adrenals and other glands, negatively affecting my body and brain health daily.
WHAT IS HYPOGLYCEMIA?
The term “hypoglycemia” is Greek and literally means “low blood sugar”.
Hypoglycemia is when your blood sugar levels are too low, or in more medical terms, “an abnormally diminished content of glucose in the blood.” Low blood sugar creates a series of symptoms that can disturb your health, body and brain. It is also very fatally serious if not dealt with effectively, bringing your blood sugar back up and stabilizing it 24/7.
Symptoms of mild low blood sugar
You may have these symptoms when your blood sugar has dropped below 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
Symptoms can include:
- sweating (almost always present). Check for sweating on the back of your neck at your hairline.
- extreme hunger
- slight nausea
- blurred vision
- a fast heartbeat
- feeling anxious
- feeling out of control
These symptoms may go away shortly after you eat food that contains protein – not sugar – for the thyroid patient.
Symptoms of moderate low blood sugar
If your blood sugar continues to drop (below 40 mg/dL), your behavior may change.
Symptoms can include:
- inability to concentrate
- slurred speech
- unsteadiness when standing or walking
- muscle twitching
- personality changes, such as anger or crying.
Symptoms of severe low blood sugar
Severe low blood sugar (usually below 20 mg/dL)
- loss of consciousness (coma)
Signs of low blood sugar at night
If your blood sugar drops while you are sleeping, your partner or other family members may notice that you are sweating and behaving differently.
Signs of low blood sugar at night (nocturnal hypoglycemia) include:
- making unusual noises
- attempting to get out of bed or accidentally rolling out of bed
- crying out or having nightmares
- feeling tired, irritable, or confused after waking up
Morning after low blood sugar night:
- experiencing “hangover” brain fog in the morning
- may wake up with a headache in the morning if blood sugar was low during the night
EAT THE RIGHT DIET FOR YOUR CONDITION TO STAY WELL
High protein and complex carbs are the best. Make sure, for sure, that you eat a quality breakfast as you literally “break the fast” from the time you last ate the night before. Your body needs an infusion of non-sugar, high protein foods.
Make sure to follow the Thyroid Reset Diet in my Get Your Life Back! manual to fill in all the gaps in your diet and stay clear of the dangers of hypoglycemia every day.