4 Life Hacks for Using a Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Device
Medically reviewed by George Krucik, MD, MBA on October 22, 2015 — Written by The Healthline Editorial Team | Illustrations by Vivian Shih on October 22, 2015
1. Keep ice packs handy in the freezer and apply one to your injection site a few minutes before inserting your CGM sensor. Numbing the skin can make the process less painful or unpleasant.
2. Get a more adequate reading by switching up your sleeping positions. Sleeping on your side can put pressure on the sensor and make your readings misleadingly low.
3. Focus on the trend of your glucose numbers. The data your CGM device records and displays can be overwhelming, but looking at the overall level rather than individual numbers can make it more manageable.
4. Stick your monitor in an empty glass by your bedside table before hitting the sack. The glass can make it easier to hear the monitor’s alarm vibrations, which can be a lifesaver for heavy sleepers. Add some loose change to the glass to really amplify the vibrations.