Why are you having Sweet Cravings at Night ?

Why are you having Sweet Cravings at Night ?

Why do I get sweet cravings at night is the most common question, The reasons may be different. So here are your answers !!


Late-night sugar cravings are often related to blood sugar dysregulation, which in turn can be connected to adrenal fatigue syndrome, and by that I mean this whole constellation of signs and symptoms that is often referred to as adrenal fatigue. That can be low cortisol or high cortisol or a problem with the cortisol rhythm, in other words, cortisol is low when it should be high or high when it should be low, or the melatonin is out of whack, the whole circadian rhythm is out of whack. Those are typically the main causes of these late-night sugar cravings. Another one can be inability to burn carbohydrates or fat properly for fuel, problems with the citric acid cycle, ATP and energy production, and that is often related to micronutrient deficiencies, so deficiencies of various B vitamins and cofactors of the enzymes that are required to make the citric acid cycle and energy production work well.

Researchers at Yale University revealed that dramatic falls in blood sugar, which occur after eating “bad” carbohydrates such as sweets and biscuits, affect the part of the brain controlling impulse. This leads to a loss of self control and a subsequent craving for more unhealthy, high-calorie foods. The researchers said this could help explain the burgeoning global obesity epidemic.


Here are the four types – which one is most like you?

Thyroid failure

You’re stressed, tired and craving sweets through the day – all signs that indicate an underactive thyroid gland, which leads to fatigue. Tension in the muscles – which are also not getting the energy they need to function – can cause frequent headaches.

Yeast infection

Cannot get through the day without bread or sugar. Have had more than your fair share of antibiotics or antacids, which could have triggered an overgrowth of bad bacteria. Eating sugar makes the yeast multiply, thus intensifying cravings and creating a vicious circle. Steroids and stress, which increase your body’s secretion of the hormone cortisol, can suppress your immune system, allowing yeast to run wild, making sugar cravings constant.

Adrenaline overload

Irritable when hungry, often feel stressed or dizzy when standing. Suffer frequently from a sore throat and may often be thirsty and have to urinate frequently. You could be suffering from adrenal overload. Adrenal glands pump out the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol when we’re under pressure. When under constant pressure, these glands can become sluggish, so we often turn to sugar for a short burst of energy.

Menopause or PMT

Experience low mood and reduced sex drive, with irregular or changing periods. The week before it starts you experience insomnia, headaches, fatigue and hot flushes.

The problem: You may be experiencing menopause, perimenopause (the lead-up to the menopause) or PMT. As levels of oestrogen and progesterone drop, women become more prone to insulin resistance. This can cause sugar cravings to soar, leaving you tired and irritable. As hormone levels change, the body attempts to raise levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin, and since sugar triggers a serotonin release, this can cause you to crave sweet things.

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By #Sportsnutritionistkrupali
Way of Life Dance and Fitness Studio Mumbai

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About Krupali Shah

Graduate in Biochemistry and currently pursuing second year in MSc Sports Nutrition. Indepth passionate knowledge in the field of Nutrition, Exercise, Lifestyle related disorders, Fitness, Wellness and so on. Accomplised major projects on Balance Training, Effect of Antioxidant Supplementation on Exercise Performance, and Pilates Exercises for Core Strength. Did Internship at "Qi lifecare" and "Asian Heart City Center" exposing to different forms of exercise and has counseled people visiting the rehabilitation center. Worked as a Nutritionist at "Your Fitness Club", Borivali, took Assessments and Diet recalls of people visiting the gym. Currently working on the "Biggest Fitness Revolution through Zumba Dance Fitness" focusing on the parameters like: 1. weight 2. inches 3. cardiovascular endurance 4. muscular strength and endurance 5. stress 6. diet 7. fat loss Fitness Testing before beginning any physical activity is must because it is an indicator of overall health. Above parameters are checked before beginning any activity and would be monitored at regular intervals to complete the research work.