Thank you for all the helpful feedback! I will try and push back when I eat dinner. Last night I noticed that I ate dinner at 6 pm and didn't get ready for bed till 10 pm. I realized I hadn't eaten anything since dinner and figured that my body can't fast without food from when I eat dinner at 6:30 pm to when I eat breakfast the next morning at 7 am. I will start trying to incorporate a snack into my evening before bed. I just used to have a very terrible habit of eating a lot of junk and stuffing my face in the evenings, so I am nervous about introducing more food into my evenings again. I will just have to keep an eye on my portion control.
4/10/13 1:19 P
Make sure that your dinners provide strong nutrients (ie lots of veggies!). If you are nutrient-deficient then your body triggers the hunger response even if you may feel full.
4/10/13 7:53 A
All the suggestions are good ones.
I immediately thought of the dehydration aspect, too (as well as the not eating the right stuff, close enough to bedtime).
Your body needs a good balance of nutrients. Despite your calorie intake, you may possibly be lacking something essential (fat, protein for instance). You definitely want slow burners, not just quick calories, if that makes any sense.
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It might be that the gap before eating your dinner and going to bed is a rather lengthy one. I always have a snack before going to bed, otherwise hunger pain and nausea will cause me to wake, too.
I went to have a peak at your nutrition tracker but noticed that you haven't used it much. Perhaps if you weigh all of your food and enter it in there, you may be able to tweak until you find something that works for you.
It may be that if your calories and ratio of fats/carbs/protein are o.k. that you slightly decrease the calories during the day (over all your meals) and have a healthy snack before bed. Maybe some wholegrain toast with peanut butter, or similar. That might be enough to hold you till breakfast.
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4/10/13 6:55 A
Even if you're getting enough calories, they might not be the right kind to fill you up. I suggest you try to eat a more filling meal or snack at night. Another thought - is it possible you're just dehydrated? Hunger could be a sign that you're actually thirsty.
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4/9/13 10:53 P
If I don't eat something right before bed, I am the same way. Mine is blood sugar related. A snack with carbs and protein fixes me right up...half a banana and peanut butter for instance.
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9,689 4/9/13 10:23 P
What's your current weight, height, calories weekly burned, calorie range, and calories eaten per day?
If you're waking up hungry, I'd wager you're not getting enough nutrition to support your body's needs.
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I agree with the previous poster that you might need to eat something closer to bedtime. Lunch is my biggest meal, so I usually do a small snack when I get home from work and then a small dinner around 10 (bedtime is around midnight). On days I don't eat anything past 7 or so, I tend to get hungry during the night and if I wake up for any reason find it hard to get back to sleep due to hunger.
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4/9/13 8:50 P
What are you having for dinner, and what time are you eating it? Maybe you need to allow yourself a snack before bed that will fill you up enough to get you through the night, so your sleep isn't disrupted.
These past few days I find myself waking up around 3-4 am and I am absolutely starving. I usually go to bed around 10-11 pm and I wake up a 7 am. I have been eating within my calorie range and I never feel hungry when I go to bed. I really do not want to develop a bad habit of waking up in the middle of the night to eat. When I wake up and I'm laying in bed absolutely starving I allow myself to eat a small yogurt (35-50 calories) or a rice cake with peanut butter (80-100 calories). I find that I wake up less hungry then normal on the nights I wake up to eat.
I am not exercising harder or more intensely than usual. If anything I have added an extra rest day into my workout schedule so I am only working out 4 times a week. I also have been less active in my daily life the past couple of weeks (feeling a bit lazy, worn down and cranky).
Does anyone else find that they have difficulty sleeping through the night due to hungry? It is REALLY disrupting my sleeping schedule and making me more tired since I spent time debating to get out of bed and eat and have trouble falling back to sleep after I have eaten.
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