Low blood sugar in the morning can happen to anyone. If you have type 2 diabetes, though, you need to be extra careful to ensure that your blood sugar levels are carefully controlled.
Low blood sugar is also called hypoglycemia. Many people are irritable or cranky in the morning - that is, until they eat or drink something and then they miraculously come out of their funk. This could be due to low blood sugar.
Diabetics, on the other hand, often wake up in the morning to high blood sugar (due to the Dawn Phenomenon or the Somogyi Effect). During the remainder of the morning, however, you might feel tired or worn-down, irritable or nauseous - all signs of low blood sugar. This could be due to many factors, including:
Remember to always carry glucose gel with you in case you start to experience signs of hypoglycemia.
Although this article has focused on low blood sugar in the morning, all of the above factors that contribute to hypoglycemia can occur at any time of the day. The mornings can be more difficult for many people to "get organized" because it's often a rush to get to work or other commitments.
Proper diabetes management is essential to feeling good. Many people with diabetes are successful at controlling diabetes without the need for medication. Everyone with diabetes, whether they need medication or not, can benefit from a good treatment plan that will help to prevent blood glucose from dropping too low. Ask your healthcare provider to refer you to a dietitian who is experienced in helping diabetics. He or she can assist you in creating an eating plan that will help you keep your blood sugar within acceptable range.