Sunday, January 16, 2011

conscious while unconscious

It always amazes me how my brain is aware of what's going on with my body even while I'm sleeping. What does this have to do with diabetes? I've had more than a few dreams about my blood sugar crashing. It's a very scary dream and it almost always makes me feel very anxious when I wake up. Every time I wake up from this kind of dream, I check my blood sugar, and most of the time it is actually low. Those dreams are my body's way of telling me something is wrong and I need to wake up and take care of it. Although those dreams are horrible and very vivid, I'm glad my body is sending that signal to my brain.

The other day I had a dream that my blood sugar was 19. 19 is incredibly low, and at that point, you probably wouldn't be conscious. The weird thing about this dream was that even though I was at 19, I felt fine AND I was with friends. Usually when I have this dream, I am alone and am unable to get to anyone in time or no one can hear me calling for help. It usually ends with me passing out, and then waking up. This time, though, my roommates were around and I was able to drink juice. Eventually, I woke up from the dream and checked my blood sugar: 55. Definitely a low number, but one that I can immediately take care of. A week ago, I had a dream that I was driving to work and I was sooo out of it and I knew my blood sugar was crashing. I did end up crashing in the dream, but then I woke up and checked: 68. Even though these dreams terrify me, I'm glad my brain is aware of what's going on and my subconscious is aware through these dreams.


  1. My son (15 year old type 1) told me he once had a dream that he was really, really hungry. He was trying to get to the fridge and a big fat woman wouldn't let him. He was desperate and she just wouldn't budge. Then he woke up and of course, you know he was low. Luckily, our fridge was available with no person blocking it!

  2. Thanks for sharing--I'm glad he was able to get to the fridge in real life! :)

  3. Now I can't remember where I heard this..but someone..maybe on a blog somewhere...recently posted about lows and dreams, about how this truly is your body's way of waking you up. Fascinating.