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.
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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.
One recent discovery is: I eat when I'm tired - night time being the most intense. When I listen to my body saying "tired" and go to bed, I avoid the added calorie intake and get a decent night's sleep.102
Getting enough sleep at night helps avoid "tired" during the next day, which also prevents snacking.
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