Going to bed with a growling tummy has different effects for different people. But according to experts, it’s often not doing any favors for your health or weight.
You could get less shuteye
Bad news: Hitting the hay without eating dinner could leave you tossing and turning into the wee hours of morning. And even when you finally fall asleep, hunger pains keep the brain mentally alert, causing you to not get enough deep sleep at night. Plus, studies show that a lack of adequate shuteye can lead to a load of negative side effects, including a lowered metabolism, increased appetite, weakened immune system, and higher risk for some forms of cancer, as well as diabetes.
Translation? If you’re hoping to lose weight and stay healthy, “going to bed hungry can actually backfire” because you won’t get a full night’s rest, says Wesley Delbridge, RD, spokesperson for the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics.