Is it Okay to Go to Bed Hungry?

By Diana Sanchez, Staff Writer 

If you are trying to lose weight, feeling hungry is a pretty good indicator that you are eating at a calorie deficit and are losing weight.

In the past, I’ve used this as a marker for myself. If I was just a little hungry when I was getting ready for bed that was a sign that:
  • I hadn’t overeaten and
  • I’d be happy when I jumped on the scale the following day.

From my perspective, especially during my fad dieting years, going to bed hungry was a good sign. I was burning more calories than I was eating. Yay, weight loss!

But is going to bed hungry actually a good thing?

Should I Go to Bed Hungry?

The short answer to that question, as with most things in life, is that it depends. I know, I know. You come to me for an answer, and here I am making things complicated again. But here’s what you need to understand: everyone is different. Everyone has different habits and different goals.

If you are trying to lose weight, feeling slightly hungry in the late p.m. can actually be a good thing! You don’t want to feel insanely hungry though - that’s a sign you’re eating too little and as long as you’re working out and eating right, there is no need for that. Also, if you’re not eating enough, that can disrupt your sleep, causing you to get less rest than you really need, which can lead to you overeating the following day. Bad cycle. 

If you aren’t trying to lose weight, say you’re at maintenance because you’ve been working on yourself for some time now, having a small, healthy snack before bed because you’re still hungry is perfectly fine, and will not wreck all your hard work. 

However, eating too much right before bed does have its own repercussions, and they are not fun. This can lead to heartburn, weight gain over time, and can also seriously impact the quality of your sleep. 


If you are trying to lose weight, feeling just a tad hungry right before bed can be a good sign! You’re doing all the right things, and you’ll soon meet your goal. Also, just as a side note, it was much easier for me to go to bed hungry than to feel hungry all day. I always found that when I went to bed just a little hungry, I didn’t wake up that way. I woke up energized and ready to take on the day. Getting on your scale (if that’s how you’re tracking your weight loss) can quickly become the favorite part of your day when you’re putting in the work.

Ready to find the perfect diet for you? Check these out:

What is the DASH Diet? 

What is the MIND Diet? 

What is the 5 Bite Diet? 

What is the Raw Food Diet? 

What is the Paleo Diet? 

Is Keto Right for Me? 

What is Intermittent Fasting? 

How Can I Stick to a Diet? 

Is a Vegan Diet Right for Me?

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