We’ve all experienced it — you’re about to call it a night (maybe you’ve even already crawled into bed!) when your stomach enters the conversation with a loud rumbling and grumbling that’s definitely saying, “feed me!” Now what? Maybe you’ve heard warnings that pre-bed snacking will mess with your sleep or cause you to gain unwanted weight, or perhaps you’re all aboard the bedtime snack train but aren’t quite sure what to eat.
First things first: snacking before bed is perfectly fine, says Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., an NYC-based registered dietitian, author of Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked), and host of the podcast, On the Side with Jackie London. In fact, it’s pretty natural. “It’s totally normal to feel hungry at different times of day or night when you’ve gone a few hours without food or water,” London says.
Phew! But wait, don’t head to the kitchen just yet. London suggests asking yourself these quick questions to try to find the reason “why” you’re hungry — small changes to your ordinary routine can impact your appetite or desire to graze. This won’t necessarily inform what bedtime snack you create, but it can help pinpoint things that may cause your snacking to become a regular thing.
Excerpted from Good Housekeeping