Dawn Phenomenon

Dawn phenomenon. An intriguing word. In my world, this defines the aggravating habit of waking up way too early and not being able to get back to sleep. In the diabetic world, it is a simpler name for something also called the Somogyi Effect.

My friend Alecia has been trying to get her high blood sugar readings in the morning back in line with her more normal daily readings.

According to the “The American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes”, a high morning reading may be attributed to the “dawn phenomenon”. The body has a normal mechanism that wakes you up and gives you energy to start the day. Your body responds to the wake up call with growth hormones. These hormones depress the activity of insulin, allowing blood glucose to rise around 4:00am and 8:00 am. This is called the dawn phenomenon. The dawn phenomenon can be the reason blood glucose readings that are quite high when you wake up. They make the suggestion of eating less the night before or less for the morning meal as a possible way to deal with it.

A really good article called Waking Up With High Blood Glucose Levels can be found HERE.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s