【Reasons for Waking up Hungry】Have you ever felt hungry when getting up, or even wake up at midnight due to hunger? Most of us would directly assume the reason behind is eating not enough or having an early dinner the day before. However, the truth is the opposite.
When eating too much at dinner or before sleep, especially highly refined carbohydrates like instant noodles, fruits or desserts, our insulin level increases greatly for absorbing blood sugar during sleep. When our blood sugar level is lowered, we may easily sense hunger. On the other hand, as heavy or irritating food can hardly be digested, heartburn may occur during sleep.
When having too much stress or insufficient sleep, our hormone leptin decreases while ghrelin and cortisol increases, making you feel wake-up hungry. So 6 to 8 hours of sleeping time would be suggested.
Besides, most of us like doing exercises at night, but intense exercises lead muscles to absorb the blood sugar, resulting in overnight hunger.
Therefore, replacing carbohydrates to vegetables and proteins and not eating 1 -2 hour before sleep are suggested to prolong satiety and stabilize blood sugar level. Drinking a glass of water right after getting up can also alleviate a sense of “fake hunger” when getting up.
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