I haven’t stayed awake since I got a CGM. Plus, I use Tandem’s Control IQ at night (and only at night because I like to control things myself during the day).
I wish I could afford a tandem. My insurance only covers Medtronic until its out of contract.. a very long year ahead, with my vision at risk. , if my sugars do not keep me up, then the alarms eventually wake me.
While I have an ongoing disappointment, and that’s putting it mildly, with the time it’s taking to find a cure, I have to admit that things have improved so much in 68 years, thanks in large part to CGM’s. Nearly everyone has something that’s not 100%, and I’m grateful for all the work that’s being done in labs around the world. I don’t spend a whole lot of time bemoaning each high and low. So glad I can fix it and move on….or go right back to sleep!
I purposefully go to “bed” about an hour earlier than I fall asleep and read or surf on my phone (bad habit, I know) My schedule has me eating later in the evenings and I do like to avoid the Dex screaming at me at 3 am when I’ve overdone it on the insulin. That extra hour keeps me feeling pretty confident of where I’ll be in the middle of the night.
At my age, and with a need to be fully hydrated to avoid night leg cramps, I can count on getting up several times eacg night, which has the benefit of allowing me to follow my blood sugar after I first fall asleep (with the convenience of a CGM). As a consequence I’m not that worried about my specific blood sugar level when I first fall asleep since I know I will be able to correct in a couple of hours. That is fortunate, since we tend to eat dinner much later than I would otherwise do because of my wife’s job that routinely runs into the evening.
I always check before going to bed, usually 12:30 AM or a little later. This past week, just before I was ready for sleep, the CGM low alarm warned me that I needed carbs. I drank a little bit of apple cider and stayed up for another half hour. Having a pump using Control IQ with Sleep mode is a wonderful advancement from previous years. Suddenly waking from deep sleep because the Dex low alarm goes off is NOT a good night’s rest.
Man… with my inhaled Insulin I can correct and only worry about the IOB for about 1 hour! Still have to wait up a bit but it beats waiting 4hrs for the IOB time of injectable rapid actings!
At least twice in the last week my CGM started to trend low before bed and I had to delay bedtime to eat too bring it up.
It’s usually at these times that I ask overly dramatic questions like “why do God/my diabetes/CGM not want me to sleep?!” Haha
My less dramatic side recognizes how lucky I am that that my CGM warned me before going to bed. I’ll take sleep deprivation over severe lows. On really good days I avoid both!
Although I use the Sleep function (Control IQ) on my Tandem X2 pump. I never go to bed until my numbers are within range. I like to stay up late anyway. No big deal!
Replaced sensor at 9:30 pm. Waited till 11:30 pm for warmup, but the sensor was horribly wrong. SG said 400+, BG tested at 128. I stayed up to determine if I could recalibrate it back in line or needed to remove it.
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No, My Tandem w/CIQ keeps me level thanks to Dexcom