We’ve all been guilty of it; sometimes after you’re settled into bed for the night, you get that craving for something sweet. Before you know it, you’re downstairs in the pantry closet rummaging for anything to satisfy your taste buds. Less than 30 minutes later, you’re laying awake cursing that Entenmann’s crumb cake as it rumbles in your stomach. The debate on eating before bed has always been a hot topic, so let’s go over why eating so close to bedtime isn’t always the best idea.
Many studies have concluded that eating before bed can affect your sleep in a negative way. If your blood sugar is too high before bed, it can cause additional stress on your body which prevents it from producing melatonin. Melatonin is your body’s natural chemical that dominates your sleep cycles. Eating sweets or salts before bed can also give you unwanted indigestion and heartburn, which can make for a long and uncomfortable night.
MSNBC recently went over some strategies to stop late night cravings in their tracks:
According to a study done by Columbia University and cited by Livestrong, it’s not the eating before bed that’s always inherently bad but rather what you’re eating before bed. When most people look for something to nibble on before calling it a night, they’re rarely eating fruit and veggies. Most people are eating processed food, such as sweets or salty foods like potato chips, which can lead to overeating. Overeating late at night when no physical activity besides snoring will be happening for hours is never a good idea.
While it’s all well and good to know that eating before bed isn’t ideal, acting on this knowledge is an entirely different story. Sometimes it’s impossible not to satisfy this craving, and for those nights, here are some foods that HubPages has come up with that will stop the hunger without giving you indigestion.
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