If I had been too hungry at bedtime to fall asleep I would have eaten an apple, since it’s filling enough, but easy to digest. In the past when I ate a raw, low fat diet for a few days (I never lasted longer than that) I found myself needing to eat a banana and an apple before bed so I wouldn’t be too hungry. But that’s not my story these days. I have been slightly overeating for a long time now, and slowly gaining weight, so being slightly hungry at bedtime actually felt good for a change.
I have slept very little for a few weeks now, as my kids have been taking turns being sick through 2 viruses (first a stomach virus, and then a cold virus). This morning when I woke up at 5:30am since my daughter’s fever came back, I felt better and more awake than I had in weeks (after very little sleep I mean, so of course I was still tired, but less groggy feeling than usual). I was reminded of this very important tip for getting more rejuvenating sleep at night. It helps me even with few hours or broken up sleep, as us mothers often live with. I have a new goal to go to sleep with less food in my stomach on a regular basis. This way my body can really rest when I’m sleeping instead of working hard to digest the food I ate.
You don’t have to eat as early as 5pm, and if you do eat that early it often is a good idea to have a light snack at 8pm, especially if you did not overeat at dinner. The goal here is to allow your body and your digestive tract to rest more fully at night, so that you feel more refreshed in the morning.