GOING TO BED HUNGRY – YAY OR NAY?

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Honestly this is a very dicey one. A lot of people mistake “don’t eat heavy for dinner” , “don’t eat just before bedtime” or “don’t eat heavy just before bedtime” for “don’t eat dinner”  – so these people end up going to bed hungry , thereby causing a series of scenarios that jeopardizes their “healthy lifestyle”.

Overeating and
eating too little are both bad for your health. In this post, I’ll help you
find a happy balance that’s best for your lifestyle!

WHY IS EATING TOO MUCH BEFORE BED BAD?

IT MIGHT MAKE YOU SKIP BREAKFAST

This
actually has different side effects for different people … some tend to be very
hungry the morning after thereby overeating breakfast, while some tend to not
want to eat at all thereby skipping breakfast.

Some people
(like those who do certain types of intermittent fasting) prefer not to eat
breakfast. Their bodies do better if they eat at different times instead.

I think
that if you’re eating enough healthy food throughout your day, then it is okay
to skip breakfast. You just need to be healthy about it! – a cup of smoothie
containing protein shake perhaps? – for the active folks that is.

But others
find that they need to eat breakfast to feel alert and have more energy
throughout the day – which is not perfectly ok too.

The only
reason you should skip breakfast is if you are doing intermittent fasting. You
shouldn’t skip breakfast because you ate way too much the night before and feel
like you need to starve yourself to make up for it.

YOU CAN EXPERIENCE STOMACH PROBLEMS

Some people
have trouble eating before going to bed. For them, eating before laying down
can cause reflux (when stomach acid goes up into the throat). These symptoms
are uncomfortable and even painful, and they include:

  • Heartburn
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Asthma
  • Stomach pain

If you have
these symptoms, it is best for you to avoid eating for three hours before going
to bed. Also, try to see a doctor to make sure you don’t have any serious
conditions. Your health always matters. – smiles

MIGHT
MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT

Most experts
agree that eating before you fall asleep doesn’t cause weight gain by itself.
If you are genuinely hungry and you need the calories, then eating before bed
won’t make you gain weight.

But a lot of
people snack right before bed because they’re bored, craving sugar, or want
something to munch on while watching TV. At that point, they’re just eating
extra calories, which leads to weight gain.

Keep your
snacking in check, and make sure that you’re actually hungry. Your mind just
might be playing tricks on you.

YOU
GET POORER QUALITY SLEEP WHEN YOU GO TO BED FULL

When you go to
bed on a full stomach, your body is spending a lot of its resources digesting
the food you have just eaten.

What your body
should be doing is producing and balancing the right hormones to help your body
fall asleep and stay asleep (such as melatonin and cortisol). Your body and
your immune system also repair themselves while you are sleeping. 

So if you go
bed full, it’s very likely that you will have a poorer quality sleep.

WHY IS GOING TO BED HUNGRY BAD?

BEING HUNGRY CAN KEEP YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT

Just like
eating too much, being hungry can make it hard for you to fall asleep at night
and can result in poor quality sleep as well.

Not
getting enough sleep hurts your body in general. Not only is it linked to
obesity, but it can also:

  • Slow down your metabolism.
  • Make you even hungrier! (thanks to the hormones leptin and ghrelin).
  • Cause you to gain weight or make it difficult to lose weight (thanks to increased cortisol levels).
  • Weaken your immune system, so that you’re more likely to get sick.
  • Increase your blood pressure.

Getting
enough sleep is
essential if you want to lose weight and be healthy!

GOING
TO BED HUNGRY CAN MAKE YOU EAT MORE

Being really
hungry can cause a bad cycle. You want to lose weight, so you eat too little.
Then, you get really hungry, and end up eating way more calories than you would
have originally!

This can
happen when you go to bed hungry too! If you regularly wake up needing more
food than normal, maybe try adding a healthy snack before bed.

As always, try
listening to your body and what it needs. There aren’t always black or white
answers, so it is good to experiment to see what works for you.

WHAT ARE SOME HEALTHY BEDTIME SNACKS?

It’s not
abnormal or a taboo to eat before bedtime – but if you must, try to eat
something healthy and filling rather than a cookie! You’ll feel better as you
sleep and when you wake up.

Here are
a few of my favorite bedtime snack ideas:

  • A medium sized Cucumber
  • 100g Greek yogurt with grapes
  • Baby carrots
  • Almonds

For me – I
try as much as possible to see that I eat early enough and enough to not make
me end up in bed hungry. It’s a balance that’s going to depend on your goals,
your lifestyle, and your body! I hope you can find this balance too!

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