I can't sleep if I'm full so I usually don't eat anything within an hour or 2 before bed
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I ALWAYS have a late snack, immediately before bed. If I don't ....... NO sleep, and end up with considerable hunger pains. They have also been known to wake me. Just allow for this snack in your day.
There are some things that you may need to consider.
* Did you suddenly drop calories to get to your recommended range? (often people go for the minimum which is a big mistake) IF so, then go back to what you were eating and gradually work down to your range. It may be that you need to be on the higher range rather than the lower - especially if you factor in exercise. I had to drop my calories by 50 at a time, and allow my body to get used to it. I didn't have a lot of calories to drop, either, because I was already eating between 1650-1850 calories (and gaining weight :-(
* Are you eating plenty of protein, which helps with satiety?
* Are you eating enough fat? It also helps satiety and is essential.
* Are you eating plenty of fruit/veges and very LITTLE processed carbs? The latter are empty calories which don't have any filling/lasting effect.
I just noticed last night how hard it is to sleep through hunger pangs. The brain just keeps saying "hungry" every ten minutes. In my case, I ate plenty for dinner but I exercised late and it seemed to rev up my metabolism later. Weird.
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8/27/13 2:13 P
I'm the same way when I'm not getting enough calories during the day. Maybe you need a bump up on your calorie intake?
I can't sleep when I'm hungry either. I eat dinner at 8pm and have a big bowl of Greek yogurt, fruit, peanut butter with some Kashi cereal on top at around 10pm.
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8/27/13 1:30 P
I do eat my suggested calories throughout the day, my dinner is supposed to be my last food for the day. Thats why the midnight snacks ruin everything, its just a bad habit. I will try the milk or cheese thing, thanks for the advice!
I don't like going to bed hungry (assuming it's hunger that's keeping you awake), so I may plan for a late snack for right before I go to bed - something small like a Babybel cheese or a half a cup of chocolate milk just so my stomach has something to work on. Not a lot of calories (and I plan for them because I know I'll want it) but a little something.
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9,692 8/27/13 1:06 P
How many calories are you taking in each day? If you have to eat to go to sleep, it may be habit, or it may just be you're not getting enough to eat during the day.
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8/27/13 11:50 A
I try to have dinner as late as possible which is about 6-7pm to then plan to be asleep by 9-10pm, fast forward to about 11pm and almost every night I am tossing and turning and find that I can only get to sleep after I eat something. I don't like to take sleeping pills because I wake up even more tired the next day. I've tried melatonin sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Anyone have a similar problem? Solutions?
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