I had night terrors when I was a kid, but for people with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), the greatest night terror is the risk of Hypoglycemia while sleeping. Hypoglycemia is a drop in blood sugar that can lead to Insulin Shock, which can result in death.
New technology is continually helping People With Diabetes (PWDs) to mange the disease. Many of these products take years to develop and even more time to pass FDA inspection. Some recent developments include Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) and Insulin Pumps. The complex nature of these devices requires continual research and testing before they can be safely sold on the market.
But no matter how well you manage your disease during the day, nighttime monitoring is very difficult for those living with T1D. Many wake up several times during the night to test their glucose levels (which is a pain in the ass, but highly recommended). After all, you can’t monitor while you’re sleeping… and if you take a little too much insulin, or you don’t eat enough prior to going to bed, you may not wake up in the morning.
I realize this sounds dramatic, but I have family with T1D and I can say that if it wasn’t parents or loved ones, they’d be dead. That’s about as straightforward as I can get.
Considering this risk and the millions of Americans with T1D, it astounds me that no one has developed a reliable nighttime sweat sensor. Yes, some products do exist, and I’ve listed them below… but I focus on the word reliable. Considering the seriousness of Insulin Shock, why isn’t there a product available that can monitor your sweat and alert you to a drop in blood sugar?
Sure, you may get some false alarms, but I think it’s much better than the alternative, which is never waking up. I don’t mean to scare people, but an increase in sweat is a clear sign of a drop in blood sugar.
The only other option I know of is buying a dog that’s trained to sense a drop in blood sugar. They also cost about $5,000 or more. So why is something so simple not on the market by this point? I plan on looking into it more, but for the time being these are the top 3 sleep monitors I could find (Unfortunately, most seem to be out of stock, unavailable, or poorly made).
Diabetic Sleep Monitors
Diabetic Sleep Monitors are devices you wear on your wrist to detect sweat levels.
MedPageUSA, a subsidiary of Orion eCommerce Group, sells this monitor.