Why You Should You Go to Bed Hungry (Sometimes)

Hi Three to Five Tribe! I get a lot of my blog post inspiration from questions by family and friends, so if you have a question or topic you would like to see featured, then please drop me a note or a message via Instagram.

I was recently asked if you should eat before bed if you are slightly hungry. The answer is, well, it depends! There are three options.

Option #1: If you are absolutely starving, then yes, you should definitely eat before bed. (Skip ahead to option #3).

Option #2: If you feel slight hunger pains, drink a glass of water. I know, I know, you may be hesitant to drink water before bed because you don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night for a bathroom break, but it’s not like I am asking you to gulp a gallon here people. Just a few sips or a mug of herbal tea, decaf of course!

Fact: Dehydration can mask itself as hunger pains, so if you think you are hungry, in all actuality, you may really only be dehydrated. The only way to find out is to take some sips of good ole H20!

Option #3: If you are hungry, but hydrated, but just ate dinner a few hours ago and don’t want a full blown meal, then grab a healthy fat and protein or a solid source of slow digesting fiber. Here are some of my favorite options:

  • Avocado (Fat)
  • Baked Sweet Potato + Almond Butter (Fiber + Protein)
  • Coconut Milk and/or Coconut Oil (Fat)
    • I like to top mine was a sprinkle of cinnamon, which can help balance blood sugar levels.
  • Macadamia Nuts (Fat)
  • Magnesium Rich Foods
    • Cashews (Fat)
    • Oatmeal (Fiber)
    • Peanut Butter (Protein)
    • Pumpkin Seeds (Fiber)
  • Walnuts (Fat)

If you decide to snack before bed, be sure to only have a small quantity. 1/2 of an avocado, 1/4-1/2 sweet potato, 1-2 spoonfuls of almond butter, one small handful of nuts and/or seeds. If you aren’t that hungry, these small single portions should be plenty, but if you find yourself eating the entire jar of nut butter (been there multiple times), then you may be more hungry than you think. If that’s the case, it may be time to re-evaluate what you are eating for dinner and when.

Thank you so much for the question! Please keep them coming.

Sleeping soundly three to five days a week,

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