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Because of restricted calories for weight-loss goals, hunger used to keep me awake in the middle of the night. Now I budget calories for a nutrition bar during a middle of the night wake-up. I fall right back to sleep afterwards.
In case you haven't heard, the whole "can't eat before sleeping" myth has been disproved by research. Calories eaten before sleep are metabolized exactly the same as calories taken any other time of the day.
For awhile, having my email accessible right by the bed, I would check new mail during a middle-of-the-night wake-up. What a mistake! Several times, the content of an email would get my mind whirling leading to sleeplessness. Therefore, I now refuse to look at email from bedtime to wakeup time in the morning and my sleep has been much better as a result. 102
When you can't sleep, or wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep -- don't reach for sweet snacks! Have a half of a banana instead. I heard that bananas have something in them to make you sleep well, and it sure works for me without fail and guilt!! Our kitchen is never without bananas.
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