I know this is far fetched. I'm well versed on the variables that can cause a high BG, but this is something that I have noticed. Could be a fluke....but I'm just wondering if anyone else has noticed any link between taking a nap and a high bg?
Yes, I've noticed a correlation. If my BG is heading high already for some reason, then I'll feel drowsy and sometimes want a nap. The drowsy symptom may appear before you get a high reading on your meter since the rate of change is possibly a reason for the reaction.
So I guess what I'm saying is, that it may be the high BG that's causing the nap and not the nap causing the high BG.
I cannot tely on the "sleepy" factor alone...highs over 250 cause sleepiness as well as lows under 60...but the hyper sleepiness is more like true fatigue;and I can usually shake it off, and keep going; unless I am over 300 for hours ( very infrequent), and the hypo sleepiness is more like a drug- induced stupor that I can barely shake off...yet sometimes they feel the same.... so check your meter/CGMS....
Cortisol and growth hormone, etc., are sometime released during sleep leading to the release of glycogen which could be an explanation for your high BGs, depending on the length of your nap, time of day, sleep cycle, etc. Something similar to dawn phenomenon. Does it happen at the same time of day? Same nap length (short naps vs. long nap)? May be something as simple as basal rates being too low... Hope you figure it out!
Could be that you eat, bolus, then get sleepy (either from going higher or just from being satisfied). You may have bolused too little, so during the nap you get higher. I've found that it's a good idea to stay awake after meals to be sure my bolus is sufficient. Because of this, I rarely eat anything that I would need to bolus for before going to bed at night, unless I'm low and don't need to bolus.
Naps do cause unexplained highs in certain people. I am definitely one of them! My best guess is that a nap is a form of sudden and an unanticipated (by the body) form of inactivity. For myself, I must program a temporary basal in order to avoid a high blood sugar.
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