Avoiding Midnight Snacks
12:30 A.M. You look at the clock and decide to head to the fridge for a little snack. Satisfied, you return to bed until morning. Sound familiar? If so, then you’re one of millions who are guilty of this simple indulgence.
Breaking yourself of the habit of midnight snacking can be difficult to do, but it CAN be done. It’ll take some persistence and patience to achieve your goal. Depending on how severe your cravings are, it can take as little as two weeks, or up to two months to control them.
This longing for food in the wee hours of the night may be brought on by hunger, not habit. If hunger is your problem, you may not be eating enough during the day. Either you’re eating too few meals during the day or you’re not eating enough calories to sustain your body through the night.
One way to restrain yourself from late night munching is to eat several smaller meals during the day. In doing this, you get the calories you need and your stomach isn’t empty. It’s also healthier to eat this way than to eat a few big meals during the day.
Eating a large dinner will delay digestion and hinder your sleep. Eating a high-carb snack at bedtime, such as fruit or crackers, can help you sleep better and keep your stomach at rest until morning.
You might also try a glass of warm milk. Not only does it help you relax, but also it’ll help you feel full. Try to avoid drinking alcohol in the evening hours. While having a nightcap may help ease and calm you, it intensifies your appetite and adds needless calories to your diet.
Don’t drink beverages with a high amount of caffeine. These can hamper a good night’s sleep. If you wake up in the middle of the night and your stomach needs a little something, try drinking water instead.
Sometimes water can satisfy a midnight craving. If this doesn’t work, try to read a book, or listen to some soothing music to help get you back to sleep. In time, you’ll be able to sleep soundly without being disrupted. You may not see results overnight, but your perseverance will pay off.