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    I’ve been waking up *hungry* at about 2-4 am consistently (I will sometimes go for a week without waking up). I am not anxious when I wake up. I am hungry–stomach growling. This has been going on for a long time. It started when I was pregnant with my 2 yr old (and yes I passed that diabetes test thing).

    I have no real diabetes symptoms (no excessive thirt, peeing, slow healing cuts or whatever), but I guess this must be a blood sugar thing. Anyone else have this or know what the cure is?

    I have tried having a light dinner and it only makes things worse. I have tried ice cream before bed and it does not help. I have tried high fiber snacks and they do not help.

    Is it possible my body has just gotten used to having a snack in the middle of the night? I also thought it could be hormonal since it seems better certain times of the month.


    I’ve found that eating more, especially in the early part of the day, has pretty much stopped this from happening to me. I eat something dry, carby and salty, with something sweet, each time my hands or feet feel cold during the day. I tend to feel, and sleep, the best when I eat a good, hearty breakfast.

    Matt Stone

    In principle, the lower the metabolic rate the higher the adrenaline peak (between 2-4 am). Any kind of pro-metabolism type of work you can do has a strong chance at eliminating this tendency.


    I experienced this last night. Im about 3 weeks into eat for heat. My temps are coming up and I feel like a corpse. I initially couldn’t get to sleep, and would sleep from 1am to 8am. However last night I got to sleep at 10pm and woke up at 4am absolutely starving. My poor body must be having a great time adjusting. Might have to try the old sugar and salt under the tongue matt mentions.


    Ok, just wanted to update this in case anyone else is having this problem. I’m sure there are various reasons why this happens to people, but in my case it seems to be related to dysbiosis of some kind.

    So, my family was recently exposed to whooping cough and I decided to attempt to prevent it by taking some oil of oregano (a natural antibacterial) and a little garlic. For the first time in a long time, I did not wake up starving in the middle of the night. It was great. Took a little the last few days and had the same results! Awesome. I know this isn’t a long term solution but it’s been really helpful. The same thing happened about three months ago, but I thought it was just a fluke–that I happened to sleep better for the two nights after I took some anti-bacterials.

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