It’s predictable. Whether it’s before or after dinner, Christina regularly finds herself staring into the refrigerator or pantry, looking for something to eat. She’s not sure she’s really hungry but it feels like she needs to eat.
Does that scenario sound familiar? It seems all your resolve to eat well crumbles once you get home from work or school, or after you put the kids to bed, night after night?
Overeating at night is a common cause of weight gain and it can feel like a very hard habit to break.
What Is Night Eating?
For many women, night eating looks like:
- Snacking from the moment you get home to the moment you go to bed.
- Waking in the middle of the night and eating to help you fall back asleep.
- Having one huge meal at the end of the day.
- Being unable to watch TV without a food companion.
5 Reasons You Eat At Night
If you struggle with night eating, the reasons might be easier to identify and change than you think. Often, it can result from:
- You’re not eating enough during the day.
- You’re using it to mask stress, loneliness, boredom, procrastination, or other unpleasant feelings.
- You aren’t having enough fun and food is what you look forward to most at the end of the day.
- You’re a creature of habit.
- It’s hard for you to get a good night’s rest.
Feel familiar? Is overeating at night a struggle for you?
If any of these sound like you, Green Mountain has suggestions on how to eliminate the triggers that cause you to overeat at night.