There are a variety of reasons why you may be checking your glucose levels. Perhaps you belong to a high risk group or your physician told you that you were borderline diabetic. Whatever the reason it is important to recognize what is a normal morning blood sugar level and what is not.
First of all, you want to test in the morning before you have anything to eat. This is known as a fasting blood glucose level. The fasting level should be 6 to 8 hours since the last time you have eaten. A normal range for morning blood sugar level is 70 – 100 mg/dl. Your morning blood sugar level should be the lowest level of the day since once you eat your body will be dealing with absorbing the glucose.
If you find that your glucose levels in the morning are higher than at other times of the day you may be experiencing what is known as the “dawn phenomenon” which describes the process your body goes through when it begins to wake up and release hormones.
It is vital to take copious notes of your glucose levels and what you eat and what medications you take and show these records to your physician so any spikes or trends can be addressed.