Eating just before bed time

Good idea or not

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21/02/2010 at 22:24

had a long slow run by my novice standards today (9miles at 9 min miles). Ive re-hydrated myself and eaten the 'right' food but Iam starving is it a good idea to eat a bowl of special K before sleeping or is it a bad thing eating carbs just before I sleep.

 Should I sleep hungry or listen to my body and eat?

21/02/2010 at 22:57
I say this while eating a bowl of Weetabix, so I guess my answers are somewhat biased

If you're hungry, then it could be a sign that your body is needing feeding to regain energy and carbs. If you eat now, then your body will have time to use the food overnight to give you more energy tomorrow.

Personally, if I'm hungry then I eat (hence now). So I say go for it.
21/02/2010 at 23:26
If you are thinking in the back of your mind about hearing it is bad to eat just before bed because you put on more weight, then forget it: it's a myth. I'd follow the previous advice.
Dustboy    pirate
22/02/2010 at 00:05
Sorry, I am just getting kebab here, which is fab.
22/02/2010 at 00:41
I wouldn't touch Special K with a barge pole!  Although it's common knowledge tht if you eat late at night the food will just store as fat, if you really do need to eat, why not try Shredded Wheat or fruit? 
22/02/2010 at 08:10

You will find it difficult to fall asleep if you are hungry.  If you eat now then that full feeling will get you to sleep anyway.  BTW calories can't tell the time !

22/02/2010 at 08:46
Blimpy wrote (see)
I wouldn't touch Special K with a barge pole!  Although it's common knowledge tht if you eat late at night the food will just store as fat, if you really do need to eat, why not try Shredded Wheat or fruit? 

Whats the problem with special K? Well I gace in and had a bowl before bed anyway.
22/02/2010 at 09:06
I've gone to bed hungry after a long run before, bad idea, felt pretty crappy the next morning.
22/02/2010 at 09:12
ouch! special K?

do you realise how much sugar is in special K? check out the label - you'll be surprised - i was! - also check out the calorie content and compare it to other cereals and you'll be surprised there too

as mentioned above shredded wheat and weetabix are FAR more healthy than special K (compare the labels and see the difference!)

oats may be another alternative - slow release carbs with some protein there too

22/02/2010 at 10:06
Blimpy wrote (see)
Although it's common knowledge tht if you eat late at night the food will just store as fat


No it won't.

I'm not sure it's entirely accurate to demonize Special K like this!  OK, it does contain more sugar than cereals such as shredded wheat but you're talking about 4g (16cals) per serving, just less than a spoonful. And I know it's got a higher GI than wholewheat cereals but this isn't such a bad thing if we're talking about post-run nutrition since it will re-stock glycogen stores more quickly.

The only problem I can see with eating very close to bedtime is that you will still be digesting food when you're trying to get to sleep.  Hence the old tale about cheese giving you nightmares - high fat content, takes longer to digest, disturbed sleep...

22/02/2010 at 10:23

Yep, most nights I'll have a bowl of cereal before bed, especially if I'm planning an early run the next morning.

And nothing wrong with Special K..... sure, there's more healthy cereals, but in the scheme of things it's a reasonably healthy choice.

22/02/2010 at 10:36

BTW, according to nutritiondata.com there's about 10cals* difference between a serving of Special K and Shredded Wheat.  A quick jog up and down the stairs should take care of that.    I often get the impression that the way Special K is marketed as the ultimate diet cereal has backfired somewhat and people love to slag it off.

*In fact, Shredded Wheat contains more calories per serving because the serving size is bigger.  Is this because Shredded Wheat is eaten by Ian "Beefy" Botham, and Special K by young women in red swimsuits?

Edited: 22/02/2010 at 10:47
22/02/2010 at 10:42

Blimpy - sorry but that is a complete myth.

I eat when i'm hungry - bed or not, usually I'll have bread or oat cakes, bit bland but i just crave carby food, if you like special K- eat the special K.

Personally, i like cornflakes, with loads of ice cold milk and covered in sugar OM NOM NOM!!!

22/02/2010 at 10:45

I'm often hungry at bedtime and therefore find it difficult to sleep, so I usually scoff a lovely bowl of porridge down. Works a treat and stops me being quite so ravenous the following morning.

FWIW I quite like Special K - but won't buy it because its too bloody expensive and isn't filling enough!! I'd need such a large bowl of it to fill me up, the box would be empty in three days.

22/02/2010 at 11:33

I alway eat late at night - otherwise I wouldn't get any dinner!

I don't think it's massively important to avoid eating late at night, as long as it doesn't keep you awake

22/02/2010 at 11:56

Do all of you only eat healthy food ?

I'll eat anything, curry being my favourite

22/02/2010 at 13:44
I haven't eaten Special K since they changed the size of the flakes.  They used to be really small and tasty then they changed them so they were flat and slightly larger than cornflakes. Does anyone else remember this (circa 1979 probably)
22/02/2010 at 13:46
That'll be about the time Wagon Wheels and Mars bars starting getting smaller!
22/02/2010 at 22:03
I never go to bed hungry.  If I need it, my late night snack is organic muesli mixed with soya milk or yoghurt.
07/01/2013 at 23:52

I have a bowl of Weetabix almost every night. No issues here.

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