Hypoglycemia and Night Eating Questio...

Hypoglycemia and Night Eating Question - Help!

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Aaron Johnson

Kansas City, MO

#1 Mar 26, 2007
hello all. i have a question about sugar and sleep. here is my dilemma.
first off, i'm hypoglycemic, and also take medicine (paxil - 40mg/day) for anxiety. i don't follow a hypoglycemic diet, but i do try to eat a good breakfast, lunch, and dinner. here's where the trouble begins. every
night, about 4 or 5 hours after i go to sleep, i wake-up very, very
hungry. there are only a few things that i want when i
wake-up. something sweet and with lots of carbs + a glass of
milk, or a large bowl of cereal. usually i will eat a bowl
of cereal (or two - i could eat the whole box). sugared cereal is preferred, but something like chex will work if i add sugar. i will scarf down a bowl of cereal like i haven't eaten in days.
then i go back to bed and sleep like a baby. and when i
awake - i feel like i've been hit by an 18-wheeler. i feel
groggy, like i can't wake up, slow, tired, and anxious.
i still feel like i am half asleep. it's horrible. then, once i
do finally do wake-up all the way, i deal with anxiety and
feelings of being overwhelmed for the rest of the day.
it's a vicious cycle. i try not to eat in the middle of the
night...but i wake-up so hungry.
how much could this "eating in the middle
of the night" be contributing to my anxiety? how much can
sugar affect your mood throughout the day? any insight into this
problem and what i can do to fix it would be very much
appreciated.
by the way, i am a 32 year-old caucasian male, and weigh
about 235 lbs. thanks again, aj.
mike

United States

#2 Apr 10, 2007
Aaron
Here's the deal. If you eat a lot of sugar/carbohydrate during the day, your's body's response when you're sleeping is going to be that much more acute. So...if you know you've had too many carbs during the day, your best bet is a protein shake or a can of albacore tuna. The protein helps to level out the insulin response. Also, I would try 200-400 mcg. of chromium before you go to sleep. The combination of the protein and the chromium should do the trick. I know exactly what you're going through and after 20 years of this, that combination is one of the best I've found. Also, it doesn't hurt if you wake up at like 5 or 6 a.m. to have 2or 3 oz. of juice watered down. It prevents both a drastic drop in blood sugar, but also doesn't elevate it and make you feel terrible when you get up in a few hours.
hypoglycemic lady

New Haven, CT

#3 Apr 21, 2007
Hey,

I have hypoglycemia. I have experienced EVERYthing you mentioned and I sympathize. Bottom line, you decide how you want to live and how you want to feel. You control that with what you eat. So decide now. Either you eat your beloved sugary cereals, and simple carbohydrates, and feel like crap, or you start eating healthy and feel AMAZING! I made the decision, and eventually, trust me, your palate changes, and I have no desire but for good food. Plus, you'll be healthier in the long run. Living with with many hypoglycemic episodes can lead to diabetes, coma, and death. I had migraines several times a week throughout highschool. No medication helped. I slept all the time to escape the pain. Since I started eating well, I never have headaches.
Jeannie

Bloomfield, NJ

#4 May 19, 2007
My Hypoglycemia is severe to me as well...I finally gave up the SUGAR! all white stuff! I like feeling good over feeling like how you feel when you're blood sugar has a crash low or even when it starts dropping a little. If you don't take care of it now you'll only get worse. Eat a lot of small high protein meals throughout the day. At first it will feel like you eat too much and it can feel like a major pain...but enjoy it..You are a rare breed of individual who can eat as often as you like as long as it's high in protein and very small amounts of carbs ( even complex can be too much )...in the end...you feel healthy, you lose weight and you have control of this thing finally. Don't let your urges get the best of you. Always remember how you get that hangover feeling in the morning when your sugar comes back down from that high spike you gave it from the cereal!( and how sick you get period!)
Donald Hiltz

Somersworth, NH

#5 Jun 8, 2007
can diabetes make you feel like you have a hangover all day long. when i eat even a little it goes straight to my brain. has anyone had that?
Donald Hiltz

Somersworth, NH

#6 Jun 8, 2007
i forgot to ask how i can join
Kay

UK

#7 Jul 9, 2007
I don't have hypoglycemia.... As far as I know. But, for the last year or so, I have found myself waking up in the middle of the night feeling UNBEARABLY hungry. A kind of hunger i never feel during the day! Half asleep, i go downstairs and binge on anything.... But more often that not, on a huge bowl of sugary cereal like Aaron does (I don't even buy this stuff so I end up stealing my housemates!) or biscuits, or some such...

I wake up feeling sick, shaky, and totally exhausted. Not to mention the headache. Any ideas on how to stop this night binging??
Keith ILL USA

Lafayette, LA

#8 Sep 24, 2007
I have the classic symptoms you all describe. However, I believe my root cause is that I have taken asthma medication for years.
I am extremely active as I am a 50 year old endurance athlete. Marathons, triathlons and long distance horse racing are my things. I kept gaining weight. Successfully completed an Ironman Triathlon, gained weight, trained, completed a second two years later all while gaining 27 lbs or so.
Yuch.
Drs said, "Hey you are not obesely fat, and you are getting older". I went to non traditional medical folks like a Naturopath and a Homeopath. They both said the same thing.
The steriods in your medication have damaged your adrenal gland.
So, supplements for that I lost 25-30 lbs within a year. I also changed my eating completely by taking out beef, pork and coffee and doing a 3 week cleanse.
The only issue I have have now is waking up at least once a night INSANELY hungry. Sometimes I wake up twice. I eat stuff I would NEVER eat during the day.
Help?
btw, I do often have a glass of wine at bed time. Should I stop this? I also try not to eat high glyimic foods.
Keith
Illinois, USA
Keith ILL USA

Lafayette, LA

#9 Sep 24, 2007
I would like to join this community.
rose hypoglecemia

San Jose, CA

#10 Sep 26, 2007
Hi ive had the waking in the middle of the night a few times every night for the past 7 years. I eat dinner and dessert before bed every night and still wake up and go straight to the fridge and get cereal, cakes, granola bar etc. I wake up depressed and can barely get out of bed it s a cycle ive been in and im so sick of it. I went to the dr he precscribed lexapro to sleep but it doesnt work i still get up and a holistic docs who said to be macroiotic still woke up and one today who said it is the hypoglecimia waking me up and said to take chrom piconate Im realy hopeless at this point Please help!!Please email me with suggestions [email protected], Id appreciate it esp since everyone thinks im crazy and have a parasite!!
Danielle

United States

#11 Sep 27, 2007
Hello, I was diagnosed with being Hypoglycemic in 2002, and it seems like some of you people who wake up depressed and are late night/super early morning munchers have a WHOLE other issue than simply being hypoglycemic. Sounds like some of you are dealing with eating disorders in general, which, hypoglycemia is not. Some of you also sound like you're dealing with depression, which, hypoglycemia is not, either- and does not cause depression. You should see a doctor, or 2nd opinion- because you either don't have hypoglycemia AT ALL or you have something else on top of it!
Kelly M

Windsor, Canada

#12 Nov 29, 2007
I would suggest that your eating habits throughout the day are contributing to this. I agree with the commenter who said more, smaller high protein meals through the day will help you. Also I highly recommend the book Lick the Sugar Habit by Appleton.

To the person who says he is hungry in spite of having dinner and dessert, it's probably the dessert that is contributing to the problem. Sugar high, sugar crash = craving more.

Educate yourself, read a variety of books on food and mood. Good luck.
Dr- B

Rancho Mirage, CA

#13 Feb 2, 2008
Danielle wrote:
Hello, I was diagnosed with being Hypoglycemic in 2002, and it seems like some of you people who wake up depressed and are late night/super early morning munchers have a WHOLE other issue than simply being hypoglycemic. Sounds like some of you are dealing with eating disorders in general, which, hypoglycemia is not. Some of you also sound like you're dealing with depression, which, hypoglycemia is not, either- and does not cause depression. You should see a doctor, or 2nd opinion- because you either don't have hypoglycemia AT ALL or you have something else on top of it!
actually, waking in the middle of the night is common with many hypoglyemics... and depression is not an eating disorder. parasomnia is a sleep disorder in which one wakes in the middle of the night and does things they DON'T RECALL the following day.
Cathy

Rocky Mount, VA

#14 Feb 7, 2008
Have had hypoglycemia for several years. Every now and then I forget and feel good and will cheat....it's not worth it. Still have problems at night even though I eat a snack before bed. Can someone give me some ideas for snacks before bed.Pretty much follow Atkins...are zone bars ok?
Vale

London, UK

#15 Feb 17, 2008
hey all, I've just discovered this community and I would love to joint it-nice to talke with people with problems similar to mine!
I'm hypo and I totally agree with those of you that are suggesting healthy diet: you get used to it, you start cooking...:-)
Just one question, maybe someone had similar experience: I followed my diet for long and I was perfectly in form, iper energetic and so on. Then, suddenly, a month ago I started feeling shit. I was reading and...literally SUDDENLY I started feeling dizzy and I completely lost my energies...I've been feeling like that for a month now. My diet seems no longer working. I used to have some white brad, and now I react VERY badly to it...and I used to eat basically carbohydrates for lunch (and veg of course), while now i need to have prots with carbo..looks like my reaction to GI is much sharper now. I ALWAYS feel dizzy, can't concentrate on anything, can't see properly sometimes. I'm about to go back to my country to figure it out...just wondering if anyone has experienced any similar...

Since: Feb 08

Herndon, VA

#16 Feb 23, 2008
Did a doctor diagnoise you It seems like you have something else. A doctor needs to make the diagnosis.
Tina

New York, NY

#17 Mar 7, 2008
After starting to take metformin for PCOS, I've had several incidents like this-- I wake up in the middle of the night starving, and can't fall asleep unless I have a snack. A couple of times it has been more like I wake up starving but feel kind of like a zombie and eat, and then fall asleep.
If I eat something very carby or sugary, I feel terrrrrible in the morning and have a really rough time waking up. Definitely feel hungover.

Is that hypoglycemia-related??
Todd Eckhardt

Aubrey, TX

#18 Mar 24, 2008
hypoglycemic lady wrote:
Hey,
I have hypoglycemia. I have experienced EVERYthing you mentioned and I sympathize. Bottom line, you decide how you want to live and how you want to feel. You control that with what you eat. So decide now. Either you eat your beloved sugary cereals, and simple carbohydrates, and feel like crap, or you start eating healthy and feel AMAZING! I made the decision, and eventually, trust me, your palate changes, and I have no desire but for good food. Plus, you'll be healthier in the long run. Living with with many hypoglycemic episodes can lead to diabetes, coma, and death. I had migraines several times a week throughout highschool. No medication helped. I slept all the time to escape the pain. Since I started eating well, I never have headaches.
Thanks for the hope of feeling better. Can you help with my diet.
Todd Eckhardt

Aubrey, TX

#19 Mar 24, 2008
Please be specific on what to eat.

Thanks, Todd
Newly diagnosed

El Paso, TX

#20 Apr 2, 2008
Good Afternoon, For the past 6 years I have struggled with what I now know is hypoglycemia. I have headaches all the time, get irritable, anxious and cloud headed when I need food (even if i just ate an hour ago). I wake up in the middle of the night and like others above I always go to sugary cereals in order to feel normal again and go back to sleep. I wake up sometimes a few times at night feelign this way. I am tired all the time which is not like me and it doesnt matter how much sleep I never feel rested. I struggle throughout the day to feel normal and not jittery needing something to eat. I went to the doctor yesterday and after blood tests and such was told I have reactive hypogycemia. The doctor said to cut out carbs and eat high protein. Does anyone have any suggestions on an actual meal plan? What should I eat at night when I wake up? Should I use protein shakes first thing in the morning and at night during my wake up crave sugar sessions? What snacks do you suggest? Sorry I really just need to get this straight and feel better my life is a complete mess becuase I do not feel comfortable in my own skin and will do and eat whatever I have to, I just dont know what that is...Please help

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