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Why you might be hungry late at night

mealtimes: Not having a fixed eating schedule or eating infrequently during the day with long gaps in between meals can result in hunger pangs at night. "If you haven't had a proper meal or a balanced snack for more than three hours and you are hungry, you should eat no matter what time it is, to help maintain a steady blood sugar level,".

  • Irregular bedtime: If some nights you are up much later than others, it can throw off your body clock and result in hunger at unusual times, like the middle of the night.

  • Nutritionally inadequate dinner: meals without much protein or fiber that are heavy on refined carbs, such as rice and white pasta, are nutritionally inadequate and can cause a spike in your blood sugar followed by a crash afterward, resulting in cravings for more food. According to a 2016 study, these types of meals can also make it harder for you to fall asleep and make your sleep less restful.

  • Mindless eating: "If late-night snacking is not a result of actual hunger and becomes a mindless activity, coupled with binge-watching television for instance, it can be a recipe for disaster that can result in weight gain and disordered eating patterns that affect your appetite into the next day,".

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