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Can Waking up With a Headache Be Due to Low Blood Sugar?

Can Waking up With a Headache Be Due to Low Blood Sugar?

You’d know that a drop in the sugar level below 70 mg/dL is when the sugar level in the body is said to be low. The condition is often found in Diabetes patients with hypoglycemia or low blood sugar when their bodies stop producing enough sugar.  Since sugar is an essential fodder to fuel  the body, keeping it under check becomes rather crucial. You’d therefore agree that any condition where the  body stops producing enough sugar is surely a serious one. Low blood sugar represents itself through several symptoms mostly depending upon the severity of the drop in the blood sugar level. 

While symptoms like dizziness, anxiety and weakness  are quintessential to hyperglycemia, these change significantly depending on the extent of  the deficiency. Often blood sugar that is mildly low has symptoms that last for only a few seconds and may be caused by excess medication, skipping meals, eating less than usual or over exercising. However, people with severely low blood sugar in the long run may develop life threatening complications. Here are some symptoms experienced based on  mild to severe drop in the sugar levels!

Early signs of Low blood sugar
The symptoms may include a sense of ambiguity, dizziness, shakiness, extreme hunger, pale skin, trembling, irritability, headaches, racing heartbeat and the like. Most of these symptoms are often  diagnosed in the infancy of the disease as early signs and symptoms. In the event of being undiagnosed or untreated, the symptoms may progress to  poor coordination, numbness, fainting and even coma.  

Mildly Low Blood Sugar
People whose blood sugar drops under 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) usually have mildly low blood sugar. Most mild blood sugar levels are diagnosed in children. Other patients of mildly low blood sugar experience symptoms like sweating on the back of the neck at the hairline, nervousness, weakness, extreme hunger, nausea, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, blurred vision and dizziness. Usually, symptoms of low blood sugar in such patients sunside with the intake of sugary items.

Moderately Low Blood Sugar
A reading of blood sugar that drops below 40mg/Dl is recognized as moderately low blood sugar. People who suffer from this often experience symptoms that cause behavioral changes including extreme anger or sadness, slurred speech, a general sense of powerlessness, extreme irritability, low concentration, inability to focus, twitching, confusion, unsteadiness, and the like.

Severely Low Sugar Levels
Blood sugar level that drops further down the 20mg/Dl mark is known to be severely low blood sugar. In case a patient’s blood sugar drops beyond the said mark, the symptoms are serious and may result in seizures, unconsciousness, coma and even death. Therefore it is extremely essential to monitor the sugar levels and adopt the advice of a healthcare professional. If a patient experiences such symptoms or a prolonged period,immediate treatment is critical. In case of severely low blood sugar, it is imperative that all kinds of symptoms exhibited are recognized. People who are at a higher risk of having low blood sugar must carry a glucagon kit and prescribed medicines at all times. In an unfortunate event of any one  passing out, one must get an injection. In case you notice anyone around you suffering from an episode of low blood sugar, it is recommended that you call the ambulance. Feeding an unconscious person food, fluids, insulin or any food is strictly prohibited as it may lead to choking.

Low Blood Sugar at Night
Symptoms of low blood sugar vary not only with the degree of severity but also differ based on the time of the day. While most patients with a low blood sugar may noticeably sweat and seem more restless, people with low blood sugar may exhibit signs of nocturnal hypoglycemia that include making unusual sounds, accidentally rolling out of bed, sleepwalking, profusely sweating while sleeping or having frequent nightmares. People who experience nocturnal hypoglycemia at night often wake up with a headache in the morning. 

Hypoglycemic Unawareness
Some people with low blood sugar also experience something called hypoglycemic unawareness that causes a lot of confusion. The inability to tell the symptom and become unconscious is one of the most characteristic symptoms of hypoglycemia unawareness. Therefore  people who are vulnerable to the ailment must get their blood sugar tested before venturing out alone. Additionally, they must also carry sugar foods and glucagon kit in case of an emergency.

Steps Ahead
While recognizing the symptoms of blood sugar is the first step towards managing the ailment, people with low blood sugar must also be aware of tackling the episodes of low blood sugar effectively. One of the common ways of preventing recurrent episodes is keeping a tab on blood sugar levels, snacking on carb rich food, munching on granola bars, cookies, etc. especially before exercising and eating smart. Some of the best remedies for low blood sugar patients also include eating at regular intervals. People with the condition should keep handy about 15 grams of carbs that can effectively boost a person’s energy levels. For an instant sugar rush ensure you consume or carry either  glucose tablets, glucose gels, candies, half a cup of fruit juice, a cup of milk, about half a bottle of soft drink or some honey.

By: Navreet Kaur | on 2020-09-21

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