Eating at Night...

Monday, May 14, 2012

I am working tons of hours..and getting home super super late. I am eating dinner very close to when I have to fall into a coma (early because I am up at 430am). I have noticed that I feel.. "icky" lately. The past few mornings I am feeling weird.. like I haven't slept well!
I really think that it has never made a difference to me what time I eat at as long as the calories, fat, protein etc.. is monitored that I am fine. And I have been so far..
But eating late..even a small normal meal.. and then going to bed just makes me cranky! emoticon
Does anyone else notice this? The next day you feel uncomfortable. I have not noticed any weight difference.. just a feeling of some sort of retention..
I dont know....just thought I would throw it out there.
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  • no profile photo CD3802882
    There are some interesting comments here. Different things work for different people. I try to only eat a light snack at night and eat a dinner meal earlier in the evening. Are you still able to work plenty of exercise into your daily routine? Exercise helps your body to run more efficiently. I often feel the way your describe when I don't get enough movement during the day. Just a thought.....
    3360 days ago
    If I have a snach late at night I feel that way the next day. I usually try not to eat late, but sometimes I do anyway :)
    3360 days ago
  • MICHELLE_391
    Yup. I've also noticed that. If I eat a real meal too close to bedtime, I don't digest it as well and I feel like there is a rock in my belly the next morning. I do try to keep mealtimes regular, but sometimes that isn't possible. If I know it is going to be a late night, I try to make lunch a bit bigger and take a snack with me wherever it is I'm going. Then when I come home, I eat something easy to digest, like a vitamin-packed fruit smoothie or soup or something. This has really helped me a lot.

    3360 days ago
    I do eat late at night, but never anything meal-sized. I keep it light and easily digestible.

    I have no idea where I read it (long ago, not SparkPeople), but when we go to sleep, our body slows down. If we've eaten a lot or eaten something heavy, the digestive system can't slow down. It has to work hard to digest all that food. So instead of being able to get into that deep sleep state, our body is kept in the lighter sleeps.

    There can also be issues with reflux because we are prone and the body trying to relax - at a time when the body might normally use gravity to keep the food down.

    You could experiment with shifting more of the eating to breakfast and lunch and making that soon before bed "meal" into little more than a light snack that is just enough to keep the edge of hunger at bay.
    3360 days ago
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