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Why do people crave sweets at night?

Asked by killertofu (115points) June 7th, 2009

Working in a bakery (sucky) I notice that people (including myself) seem to crave sweets around evening/nighttime. Why is this? Science only please

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SirBailey's avatar

Actually, I’m not convinced the answer is in Science. I think it’s Psychology, actually. People watch their diet all day and at night, they relax, let their guard down, and eat the sweets.

killertofu's avatar

@SirBailey you think its because of a lowered guard? interesting…now i’m curious why they lower it more particularly at night. a lot of our business is at nighttime.

SirBailey's avatar

I know I do. I’ll be home, watching television, relaxing…you get the “Oh the heck with it! I’ll have the ice cream!”

And judging from what I’ve heard at a lot of Weight Watchers meetings, it’s not uncommon.

And with a bakery, sugar addicts will go there on the way home after a hard day’s work the way someone else might go to a bar after work.

gailcalled's avatar

It’s often a psychological reward for a hard day’s work.

SeventhSense's avatar

Well I have lots of silly thoughts like I’m convinced that if I eat standing up the calories don’t count. I think the let down guard thing rings true. You get through the whole day being “good” and then it’s like WTF.

gailcalled's avatar

It’s also true that if you are in front of the open refrigerator and eat the entire cheesecake, that doesnt count either.

SirBailey's avatar

I find myself thinking if I eat it FAST, it won’t give me the calories.

casheroo's avatar

At night? I crave sweets all the time. My poor teeth :(

SeventhSense's avatar

As lomg as you nibble tiny fingerfuls at a time and erode the cake from the edge…perfectly logical to me. :)

mattbrowne's avatar

Blood sugar levels could be one reason.

mass_pike4's avatar

Sweets are soothing for many people. Often sweets are consumed at night while relaxing and watching tv. It gives you a quick rush and makes you feel good. It is our human nature to crave sweets before bed because we want to feel good before we lay down for a nights rest. Perhaps as well, one may not have had many sweets throughout the day or they have consumed a fair amount of sugar hours before, so they want a new batch. Sugar is a drug, bottomline…can be very addicting.

gailcalled's avatar

I’ve never found bottomline to be addicting.

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