There are lots of reasons why women fall into the pit of overeating at night. We know that if you haven’t fed yourself well enough during the day, you will be vulnerable to eating or binges at night. Makes sense.
And of course there are other factors at play as well, such as the very specific connection to overeating that comes from time online.
Time sitting at your computer. Maybe on Facebook, maybe doing a little online shopping, or Google-ing one thing or another.
You’ve been in a trance.
Hypnotically you stare at the screen. At some point you may notice a fair amount of time has gone by and you may wonder how it got so late.
Maybe you feel a little guilty. Or generally numbed out. You’re tuned out and not quite connected and even though you’ve been on the computer for a while something isn’t quite satisfied.
It’s the perfect storm.
Tired & Wired
We don’t typically feel when its time to get off the computer until we’re somewhat drained by it. Over-stimulated and under-satisfied. Tired and wired.
From this place it’s so easy to head into the kitchen to start rummaging around for “something”… this is the danger zone because in these moments it’s hard to be truly present. Not grounded, not really knowing how you feel or what you need.
And if it’s nighttime, there’s a good chance you’ve ignored your body’s signals letting you know when you had enough of the computer and would have been cozier with a book in your bed or just going to sleep.
Spending too much time on the computer, especially at night when minutes turn into hours, can make it harder to listen to the part of us that holds our guidance and any time you’re shut off from your body’s guidance you are more vulnerable to turning to food.
Think back to the last time you ate more than you wanted to at night. It’s possible there was some dulled-down online time preceding it? For some women, being on the computer after dinner turns into nightly rituals of unconscious eating.
Numbing out with Food & Facebook
If you’re struggling with any kind of emotional eating or binge-eating at night this is a place you may want to look for clues.
Any time you’re already numbed out, it’s all too easy to add food to the mix. If we’re not present in our bodies, somewhat awake and alert, it can be hard to make the choices we might at other times.
Hanging out on the computer for hours on end can be a detour – a way of avoiding other things that need to be done. Or of finding ways to connect with other people in real-time. Or of being fully with your self in ways that allow you to bloom and grow.
What about for you? Does time on the computer after dinner or in the evening lead to unwanted eating for you? As always, no judgment, lots of compassion, and the awareness to tweak things in ways that fully support you feeling the best you can.
I want that for you.
Let us know in the comments about your experiences with this.