Food Academy

What should you eat before bed?

What should you eat before bed?
For most people, it’s perfectly OK to have a snack before bed.

There’s no recipe for the perfect bedtime snack, but there are some things you should keep in mind.

While eating before bed isn’t necessarily a bad thing, loading up on traditional dessert foods or junk foods such as ice cream, pie, or chips isn’t a good idea.

These foods, which are high in unhealthy fats and added sugars, trigger cravings, and overeating. They make it very easy to exceed your daily calorie needs.

Eating before bed doesn’t necessarily make you gain weight, but filling up on these calorie-dense foods before bed certainly can, and it’s best to limit them.

If you have a sweet tooth, try some berries or a few squares of dark chocolate (unless the caffeine bothers you). Or, if salty snacks are what you prefer, have a handful of nuts instead

You may go to bed hungry for several reasons. Some reasons, such as weight management, are by your own choice. Other reasons, such as a lack of access to food, aren’t necessarily your choice.

In general, stopping food consumption hours before bedtime is generally considered healthy as long as you’re getting adequate nutrition and calories throughout the day.

If you’re hungry before bedtime and concerned you won’t be able to fall asleep because of an empty stomach, there are many healthy foods you can eat at night. If you don’t have consistent access to food, we provide links to resources that may help.

Read on to learn more about whether it’s okay to go to bed hungry, what some possible side effects might be, and foods that are okay to eat before bed.

Is it OK to go to bed hungry?
Going to bed hungry may be OK if you’re meeting nutrition requirements daily or following a healthy weight loss plan. In many cases, a healthy eating schedule may result in you feeling hungry before bedtime.

Here are some reasons you may go to bed feeling hungry and whether or not this may indicate an underlying issue that you need to address.

  • 27 Feb 2022
  • By: Editor