The difference between myth and fact is evidence. If you don’t want to look at scientific research you can just experiment yourself with late night eating, and not eating.
How late is late?
Usually around three hours before you go to sleep is the latest you, and the ones you love, should eat anything. Recent medical studies have shown that eating between 12pm-11pm resulted in higher levels of blood glucose, insulin, and cholesterol, than eating between 8am-7pm.
If you aren’t actively using the energy from your food, it will be stored as fat, but this isn’t the only effect. Researchers have found that eating late at night also causes; disruption of sleep, poor digestion, increased blood pressure and mental health issues.
How do I manage late night hunger pangs?
It can be difficult, especially after a long or stressful day, to manage hunger or simply eating late. Ask yourself: Am I really hungry? Do you “need to eat” or do you just “want to eat”? If you are prone to binging on whatever is in the fridge, after you have finished binging on Netflix, then stay away from sweet food. It will help keep your blood sugar levels down before you go to bed. Reach for rich fibre snacks or a glass of milk instead, it will help you to sleep better.