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Why do I get hungry when I go to bed?

Asked by yannick (985points) September 8th, 2008

Obvious answer: because you are. Wrong. Even if i’ve eaten in the last half hour or so, as soon as I get to bed, I get the munchies. Any ideas on why this might be?

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dollfacee's avatar

this happens to me sometimes too, but i have no idea why.
i’m interested though. lurves for askingg.

Mtl_zack's avatar

happens to me too. also, whenever i just got back from a theater, and i had a coke there, i really want a coke when i get back home. maybe they still put cocaine in it…

marinelife's avatar

This often happens to me too. When I check in with myself, I can feel that I am not physically hungry. I think that when I am getting ready for bed, I no longer have things occupying my mind and anxieties and emotional upsets creep in.

Unless I am vigilant, my ay of dealing with them is to grab some food. One thing that helps me is having a cup of chamomile tea right before bed.

AstroChuck's avatar

Glad to know that I’m not alone. Eating late at night is not good for you. It’s a terrible food habit and makes it more difficult to lose weight. I go through the fridge so many times at night my neighbors must think I have a strobe light in the kitchen.

Meatwad's avatar

@AC You veg-heads do that! Eat some MEAT!

arcoarena's avatar

I definitely agree with Marina. I think that it has alot to do with the boredom factor and lacking of things to think about or do. Especially if I have been out all night it’s kind of something that I will look forward to when I get home. Plus many people like eating while watching tv so if you start to watch tv when you get home they may go hand in hand.

Anyway, there’s nothing like being a naughty-fatty late at night right before sleep. But I’ve heard mixed things about whether or not it’s bad for you. I kind of like to think that it really doesn’t make a difference when you eat it’s going to be the same amount of calories.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

acroarena, it doesn’t matter when the calories are if you’re taking in the same number regardless of eating at night or not.

this issue is, many times the person has already taken in an adequate number of calories during the day, and the ones they take in late at night are in addition to that. surplus calories lead to weight gain.

bluemukaki's avatar

I’m the complete opposite, I can’t eat for ages after I wake up and I never feel hungry in bed. Maybe you’re used to eating something in bed?

ezraglenn's avatar

@chica, your body actually metabolizes food significantly slower when you are sleeping, and you are (usually) inactive, so most of the calories you eat do not get burned, they are simply stored as fact. Shiloloh?

ninjaxmarc's avatar

The position of your stomach when in bed.
Drink something to give your body that false sense of being full.

JackAdams's avatar

@Mtl_zack: With regards to your post, the Coca-Cola® folks voluntarily stopped using cocaine as an ingredient in their product, back in 1903.

But, just to show you that the US Government never forgets, they, to this day, have FDA agents enter stores at random, purchase bottles or cans of the product, then bring them back to their laboratories for analysis and testing, to see if there might be any traces of cocaine.

Once again, another fine example of your tax dollars at work.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Metabolism goes down at night, but it turns out that the human body’s metabolism goes down EVERY NIGHT. So if the average person ate 2000 calories at 10:00 pm and zero calories until the next night at 10:00 pm, when they ate 2000 calories again, etc, every night, they would not gain weight because those 2000 calories would be stored as glycogen and as fat in adipose tissue while they slept, and then would still be around the next day to be burned. They would metabolize and catabolize 2000 calories every day, just like the rest of us.


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