Do you find yourself waking up hungry in the middle of the night? Are you frustrated with the trips you’ve been making to the fridge only a few hours before your alarm will go off? You’re not alone. There are many reasons that stomachs can growl overnight and lead us to make eating choices that can steer our weight loss off track.
It is important not to ignore the sensation if you are waking up hungry on a regular basis. You may be tempted to simply give in and have a snack every night but your actions shouldn’t stop there. It is a good idea to make an appointment to speak with a doctor so you can find out whether an underlying condition is leading you to feel hungry enough to wake you up.
That said, the odds are that you don’t have anything to worry about. For most people, waking up hungry is simply a sign that you aren’t eating very well during the daytime. Therefore, your main effort will likely have to do with improving your daytime eating habits.
Consider the following factors to help you to stop suffering from hunger based insomnia:
Are you eating right?
This isn’t just a matter of what you’re eating but also how much and when you’re eating it. If you’re not eating enough, if you’re eating primarily carbs and not enough protein, or if you’re eating only early in the day, this could wake you up. Going to bed on an empty stomach is a common weight loss myth.
Many people believe that because their digestive systems slow down while they sleep, they’re better off with nothing in their stomachs when they head to bed. However, it’s actually better for you to have a little bit in your stomach instead of nothing at all. The reason is that solid and restful sleep is critical to weight loss. If you’re waking up with hunger pangs, you’re doing far more harm than good. An hour or two before bed, have a very light snack such as a piece of whole grain toast with peanuts-only peanut butter, or some cucumber and celery slices or even a small piece of cheese or two. Eat meals of a reasonable size during the daytime, too.
Are you sleeping consistently?
If you do shift work or go to bed and wake up at a different time every night, this can throw off both your sleeping and eating rhythms and can explain why you’re waking up with a growling tummy.
Nighttime eating syndrome (NES) – this is a medical condition that wakes a person with strong hunger pangs. A visit to the doctor will help you to find out if this is the cause of your struggle.
If your hunger is causing you problems during the daytime Phentramin-d contains powerful appetite suppressants to help keep that struggle under control.