Do you get hungry and get up to eat in the middle of the night?

@devijay78 (1574)
India
August 31, 2010 4:49pm CST
I used to get very very hungry at around one or two in the night and go to the refrigerator to snack. Is this a bad habit and does it put on weight? I have fruits most of the time but sometimes, cakes, pastries, chocolates and ice creams are what I crave for. None of my family members have this habit and they all tease me for it. Am I the only one or do I have company?
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@catalady (363)
1 Sep 10
Yes, I have been known to do this and I did go through a stage of doing it regularly but realised I was putting weight on and still not sleeping properley. It's really not so good eating just before going to bed and is probably best to make sure you are not hungry before you settle for he night. Another interesting fact is that when we are thirsty our brain often interprets that feeling as being hungry and so we eat...try drinking a glass of water if it keeps happening and see if it stops the 'hunger' feeling.
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@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
Hey, thanks for that insight catalady. I will now try to control myself telling that it is only thirst and not hunger. Maybe I can have a fruit juice or something instead of a snack?
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
Hi there, Dev.:) When I'm already sleeping I don't feel any pang of hunger because I'm eating full meal during dinner. However, there were times when I stayed up late especially when I'm tinkering the keyboards and I feel hunger would sometimes strikes. I'd often help myself with bread and milk, or chocolates. I don't eat much though for it isn't good for my ulcer.:)
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
I hope I don't get any stomach ailments, because I already have other health issues to deal with. I too stay up late everyday. I guess my lifestyle is something which needs a drastic change.
• Philippines
4 Sep 10
You said that, then, you do just that. It is your call, dear, and your responsibility to yourself to be healthy.:)
@abj163 (1037)
• India
1 Sep 10
i never did that.....i never felt hungry at the middle of night......actually i dont even get up at midnight for toilet....because i just sleep at 10 pm and wake up at 5 am directly....i dont get up at midnight for any reason....but i know some people who eats something at midnight...but i dont think it is healthy thing because it may cause acidity....... happy mylotting
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
You are lucky that you have a fixed time to sleep. I sometimes would have to clean up only after my daughter goes to sleep and that would be by around eleven thirty or twelve. It depends on how long she sleeps in the afternoons. And by the time I finish, it is one. And have to get up early again to cook for her and get her ready to school. Tough job this. Have a great day.
@abj163 (1037)
• India
2 Sep 10
yes its a tough job...... thats why its been done by women mainly....:D just kidding..... happy mylotting
@alex_raju (173)
• India
1 Sep 10
Im doing what you shared right now.I study and do my other works only late at night.Everyone feel hungry if he/she soes work at night same like morning.Its normal i guess.I always save some candy or snacks for the night.But it advised not to lose any sleep as it cause many health problems.
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
Hi alex_raju. I already have health problems. But I am trying to change it and my habits. Am trying to get fit. Thanks.
• United States
1 Sep 10
no, you're not alone in this late night snacking fiasco. . . you just have to be cautious of what it is you're snacking on or the pounds can pack on quickly. . . be sure its jsut vegetables or fruits something like celerey is great since it haas negative calories you burn more calories by eating it than you do gain from it itself. so just be smart about it.
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
Thanks ceekay. I was worried that having anything, for that matter, will put on weight. I just have fruits or fruit juices and nothing fried or weight gaining stuff. So I guess it is ok:-)
@jaiho2009 (38990)
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
I used to be like that,eating during midnight and yes it is true,it gives extra weight. Now i overcome that kind of habit becoz i need to loose some weight. It is just a matter of disciplining oneself.
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
Wow. Could you tell me how you did it? Because I am trying to llose weight too and the lesser I eat the more hungry I feel especially after my workouts.
@lindiebiz (1013)
• Canada
1 Sep 10
I used to feel hungry in the middle of the night when i younger but I don't I think you have a high metabolism. I dont east in the midnight because it is not healthy. but if i dont eat well during the day, i eat about an hour before going to bed
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
I do eat well during the day. It is night that gives me troubles. I have an early dinner. That might also explain why I feel hungry at nights. Thanks for the response.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
I do every now and then because I work all through the night into the wee hours of the morning. I seriously need to stop this unbecoming habit. I am so inspired with Biggest Looser but darn I find it hard to eat broccolis and sprouts and all that stuff makes me gag.
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
I have never tried broccoli. The very sight is revolting. But I do eat sprouts and I have found something interesting. I don't feel hungry at all for a very long time after having them. They do make me feel very full. But I doubt whether they can be had at nights for dinner.
@Angelgirl16 (2175)
• United States
1 Sep 10
Hi devijay78, You have company. I am one of those people who gets really hungry in the middle of the night. I know it is true hunger, because my stomach hurts and won't stop until I put some food in it. I have to be very care as to what I keep in the refrigerator,because I will definitely go for the "good tasting bad for you foods." In other words, I can't have chocolate cake or ice cream in the house. So, I just make sure I have fruits and yogurt, pickles, and other low-calorie foods that I can fill up on, in the middle of the night.
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
I do that too. But I never get cakes and ice creams at home. When I am trying to loose weight, I don't need those, right?
• Boston, Massachusetts
1 Sep 10
Hi Devijay, I am not used to getting up and eat in the middle of the night. once i drink milk or tea before going to bed, i only get up to pee if not i will be up only once the alarm clock rings on. just be careful maybe just take light snacks so that you will not go to bed so full.
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
Having tea or coffee before I go to bed keeps me awake for hours. But I do have milk after my dinner.
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
you are not alone my friend...lol!i always bring with me some pastries everytime i go home so i'll have a midnight snacks..
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
Welcome to mylot. I don't think pastries everyday is a good habit. Try dry fruits and nuts instead.
@umabharti (3976)
• India
1 Sep 10
hi,if u take ur dinner to fill up ur tummy u might not get up in te midnight to search for snacks.To tell this is not a good thing .My father too has this habit.Eat full when ur having ur meals.Drink water if u wake up in the midnight.
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
I have fruits for dinner. That might explain why I feel hungry at nights. Thanks.
• Bulgaria
1 Sep 10
ofcourse,eating at night is the single greatest thing ever! :d
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
:-D Happy mylotting.
@tskmjk (5)
• United States
1 Sep 10
it happens to everybody..it happened to me as well..
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
I don't have anyone in my family or my friends doing that. Good to know that there are people like me out there get hunger pangs in the middle of the night. Welcome to mylot.
@dbeast (1498)
• India
1 Sep 10
You have a lot of company buddy.I actually enjoy eating in the night.The place where I saty gets really hot at times and everynight I get up and raid the fridge and get myself some tasty titbits and down it with a nice glass of cold coffee.My mouth is watering thinking about it.
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
Does not having coffee at nights make you stay awake longer? I avoid having coffee and tea atleast six hours before I sleep. None of that after six in the evening. And good to know that I am not alone:-)
@jeikl_08 (97)
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
i usually don't, but there were times that i get hungry late at night so i eat something to relieve my hunger..but sometimes if i'm tired to get up i just return to sleep..haha..i do sometimes lazy..
@chayapathys (2113)
• India
1 Sep 10
Getting up in the middle of the night and eating is really bad habit.The human system is not designed to face such a contingency. I seriously doubt that there is health problem.After eating full stomach how can you be hungry in the middle of the neight.Urgently consult a doctor. It may be a case of diabetes
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
I have been doing that for years. Even when I was young I used to sneak up to the refrigerator and search for my fav left overs. But I have not had diabetes. I go for routine checks. But it has been quite a while now since I visted the doc. I will get it checked. Thanks.
@sender621 (14951)
• United States
1 Sep 10
Sometimes i just get a food craving in the middle of the night. if it won't just go away, i usuallly have to give in to it and search the kitchen for what will satisfy me. I just can't get back to sleep if hunger is calling my name. I think every member of my household is guilty of late night snacking. I can usually tell what anyone had to eat by the dishes they leave behind.
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
Wow. I don't have anyone who does that in my family except me. That is why maybe it feels very odd to me?
@jhyan007 (467)
• Philippines
1 Sep 10
...i heard that having a midnight snacks can put more weight on your body...specially sweets and fatty foods...it's not a healthy habit....although, it's not totally wrong if your hungry tummy really wants to have some food,i even do it sometimes, but we should also be more conscious to our health..=)
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
I toatlly agree with you. I have been neglecting my health for years and now I have serious problems which I am trying to bring down. I have started dieting and exercising, so I should loose weight and feel much better in a matter of few months. Thanks.
• United States
1 Sep 10
if I'm so hungry I can't sleep I will get up and eat something...usually something very fattening. So no.. you aren't the only one
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
2 Sep 10
Then I guess we have to form a team to curb our hunger pangs and loose weight, won't we? :-) What do you say?