The World Awake

Information for people with diabetes

Having low blood sugar events can cause you to lose sleep, can make you feel unlike yourself and can affect you at home and at work even well into the next day.

Night time low blood sugar events might not wake you up so it can be difficult to know if you are having them. The checklist below outlines some of the most common symptoms that may mean you are experiencing these events.

Download the patient leaflet to learn more about night time low blood sugar events

Common symptoms checklist1,2

shaking, tingling


Not feeling right,




Feeling hot
or cold


Experiencing nightmares,
vivid dreams


Night sweats,
damp bed clothes




Poor quality sleep, restless
behaviour during sleep


Fatigue / lethargy
particularly during the day


Waking with
a headache


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  1. Allen KV and Frier BM. Nocturnal hypoglycemia: clinical manifestations and therapeutic strategies toward prevention. Endocr Pract 2003;9(6):530–43
  2. Diabetes World Awake Study. Conducted by Aequus Research Ltd July – September 2013. Funded by Novo Nordisk. Available at report.pdf Accessed June 2017.