What to Do When Your Morning Blood Sugar is High?

By KrisTina | Articles

Jun 21

Most, if not all of us know how important it is to keep a constant check on our blood sugar levels. So, it’s normal for us to become panicked when we see them so high so early in the morning.

After all, shouldn’t your blood sugar be lower in the morning and not the other way around?

Confusion is normal in this case, but worry not, here are 10 ways for you to lower your blood sugar levels in the morning.

1. ACV and Cheese Before Bed, Anyone?

A small study had discovered that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with about an ounce of cheese (28 g) – which translates to one slice, before going to bed can reduce your glucose levels.

In comparison to the 2% when the participants took only water and cheese, it doubled to 4% when they took this combination instead. You may have already heard that the best variant of apple cider vinegar is Bragg’s. But in case you can’t get your hands on it, any apple cider vinegar should do.

It’s not exactly clear why ACV has such a positive effect on your glucose levels. It might be due to the acetic acid it contains. Either way, you’d do yourself a favor by drinking it.

2. Have a Specifically-Made Snack

Many of us have found that a special snack before bedtime can be of some help. This is probably due to the fact that it slows down the glucose production of the liver, and also shortens the ‘fasting’ time.

For this snack, you can either use the apple cider vinegar method we explained above, or take any snack which represents a mix of fat and protein. If you find you are running short on ideas, we can help with that too by offering you some suggestions:

  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (natural)
  • 1 piece of chicken combined with avocado
  • 1 handful of macadamia nuts
  • A few thin slices of cheese

All of these options contain plenty of healthy fats and proteins. You can also try making your own combinations. Have fun in letting your creativity do its job!

3. Treat Yourself to a Proper Dinner

And by proper, we mean substantial. The last thing you want to do is skip meals, and that includes those late at night – EVEN if you’re trying to lose weight. Starving yourself of any real, healthy food does you no good whatsoever.

What you need to eat during night time and maintain your figure is a diet poor in carbs but rich in fiber. Besides, your liver will still produce glucose even if you don’t eat, so skipping dinner is a ‘lose-lose’ situation.

4. Get Some Decent Shut Eye

Lack of sleep tends to increase your cortisol, which is the main stress hormone. This, consequently, can only cause higher sugar levels.

5. Make a Wide Radius Between Alcohol and Yourself

Even though drinking some alcohol seems like a good idea to wind back and relax, we’d like to inform you that it is a stimulant which hinders your REM sleep. And since we already mentioned that lack of sleep is a big no-no…best to steer clear.

6. Start Your Morning with some Protein!

Another way to maintain your blood sugar levels, especially in the morning, is to eat some protein first thing in the morning. We don’t need to tell you that opting for carbs when your sugar is already high is a very bad decision indeed.

So consume a protein snack which you can follow with some healthy morning exercise.

7. Adopt a Morning Routine

Not only does this aid you in lowering your high glucose levels, but having a morning routine is also healthy for your body and mind in general.

For example, you can do some stretches, or go for a nice walk in the brisk morning air. And, as was mentioned, it’s best to have a protein snack first.

8. Talk to Your Doctor

If you see that, despite all your best efforts, your blood sugar levels are still too high, it’s best to talk to your physician about maybe altering your medication.

9. Always Keep Your Diabetes Under Check

The best way to manage both your hormones and diabetes is to eat a healthy diet, and not just in the mornings, but at all times. Also, try to lower your stress as much as possible, and do some exercising.

If you can manage to keep your overall sugar levels in check, then you shouldn’t have any trouble with your morning ones either.

10. Lose a Pound or Two

Even the slightest weight loss can contribute to the reduction of your glucose levels, and it can also reduce any inflammation and balance out your hormones. You’ll be feeling much better as a whole, too!

Keep in mind that each individual is different and that some things, which work for others, may not work for you, and vice versa. Still, best to give these a try and see what works best for you personally.

Sources: Diabetes Meal PlansDiabetes Meal Plans