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May 10, 2020
 

Melatonin, Insulin, & Late-Night Snacking


Why Your Body Wants Sugar & How You Can Avoid Giving In Before Bed

"If you understand WHY your body does this, it's easy to make the healthy decision.”

 
It's Hard to Stop Late-Night Snacking

A roll with jam, a candy bar, a tablespoon of peanut butter with a few chocolate chips, grill cheese sandwiches - you know the drill... the quick stuff.

This small habit of eating before bed can seriously harm your whole health and fitness vibe.

  • You wake up feeling chubbier
  • Your gut and chest droop more
  • You just don't feel 'on'

The scariest part is how easy late-night snacking happens. There are some nights your body just does is passively.

I've struggled with late-night snacking for years. Most times I would justify the decision, accrediting the late-night hungry to my workout earlier that day.

But then I decided to dig in and really find out WHY I get hungry at night.

 
 
Your Body Produces a Natural Melatonin, Making You Sleepy

When the day is over and the night sets in, your body enters 'sleep mode'.

The thing that activates 'sleep mode' is your brain producing a natural melatonin (AKA the "sleep hormone").

As your melatonin levels rise, a signal is sent to the brain to stop producing insulin.

This is where that hungry storm comes from.

 
 
Insulin Turns Sugars into Energy

Insulin allows your body to turn sugar into carbohydrates; using it for energy.

The more melatonin, the less insulin. The less insulin, the less energy you have.

When this moment happens, you have 2 choices: (1) Listen to your body and go to sleep, or (2) Ignore your body and get more energy.

Under option 1, you go to bed, your body recovers, and you wake up feeling good.

Under option 2, you eat with hopes your body will get more energy. But because your body is not in the state of producing energy when melatonin is present, you just add somewhat useless food/calories. Your body won't convert it into energy, so it stores it as fat.

 
 
Drink Water & Go to Sleep

Listening to your body is the right decision and when your body starts producing melatonin, it's time for bed.

If you really want to consume something, try drinking water or something with no carbohydrates or sugar.

I suggest water because it hydrates your muscles, carries oxygen through your body, and promote healthier joints.

If there's one healthy step you can make towards your lifestyle, it's to end late-night snacking!


 
 

Bad habits are tricky. I find it helpful to know WHY I do them before I try to fix them. The goal is to make a long-term change.

- C. MacInnis