Snack Your Way to Better Sleep
If you are committed to healthy eating, it can be difficult to know what to do when hunger strikes in the hours before bedtime! While snacking before bedtime can throw you off course, it’s important to take queues from your body so you don’t end up feeling deprived or have hunger be the thing that prevents you from falling asleep. Thankfully, there are some healthy snack choices that will not only help you sleep but will also keep you on track with your health and wellness goals.
Why We Get Hungry Before Bedtime
If your nighttime cravings are consistent, you may want to take inventory of your daily routine and see if some small changes will make a difference. Some of the more common reasons for pre-bedtime hunger are:
You aren’t drinking enough water. When you are dehydrated, your body will send you signals that can mimic hunger. Before you reach for a snack, try sipping some good old water to see if that makes a difference. You may need to evaluate your daily water intake and adjust accordingly to ensure you are getting enough hydration throughout the day.
You aren’t eating enough during the day. Even if you are trying to lose weight, it’s important that you are consuming enough calories through a balanced diet that consists of lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Food deprivation has many negative side effects, including the potential for increased hunger at night that can cause unhealthy cravings.
You aren’t getting enough sleep. Have you ever had a stretch of sleep deprivation and found yourself hungrier than normal? According to the Sleep Foundation, a lack of sleep can trigger the hormones that regulate hunger and appetite. Getting a good 7-8 hours of restful, and restorative sleep consistently can help reduce late night cravings.
Even if you are doing everything right with your healthy lifestyle, it’s normal to experience hunger in the hours before bed from time to time. When it happens, there’s no need to panic! Instead, stock up on some of these healthy snack options that are good for you…and good for sleep according to the Sleep Foundation :
- Banana with almond butter
- Protein smoothie
- Oatmeal (hot or cold)
- Nuts & seeds
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So, the next time hunger strikes in the hours before bedtime, go ahead and satisfy your cravings with some of these delicious and healthy options! Remember, a healthy lifestyle is all about balance – and you deserve it!
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