Are you waking up in the middle of the night and don’t know why? Are you concerned that your sleep is affecting your daily life and daily happiness? One thing you may not have thought of is dipping nightime blood sugar. Your body, in response to unstable blood sugar may release cortisol and adrenaline, which will wake you up.
First of all, fluctuating blood sugar levels are always a concern to me. Even hypoglycemia means there is some dysregularity with sugar control which worries me.
Even if you are not a sugar addict and avoid sugar like the plague, chances are there are hidden sugars in your world. I know, its so unfair, but here’s the thing: a can of soup sells for 2 cents more per can than one that sugar is not added to. It may not seem like a lot at first glance, but those cents add up and sugar is addictive.
Always read your labels. Look for hidden sugars such as maltodextrin. They are tricky these days. Arggghhhh…
Take fiber. Even if you eat whole foods, you probably still need fiber. Beans, lentils, chia, flax, and vegetables provide wonderful sources of fiber. You can supplement with oat bran, psyllium, pectin, and flax seed powder.
I also recommend turkey at night. It is protein and has the added benefit of tryptophan in it. It is protein and is relaxing! Potato skins also help with sleep.
If you still wonder what is going on I often recommend getting an Adrenal Stess Index Test done by DiagnosTechs. This can help us determine what is going on with your adrenals.
Cortisol Manager by Integrative Therapeutics is also a good choice.