"Eating an appropriate-size snack before bed may help with sleep, and if you are an early a.m. exerciser, it may help to properly fuel you for your workout if you don't eat in the morning beforehand," says Shapiro.
According to Sanders, it's beneficial for women, in particular, to eat every three to four hours for stable blood sugar and hormone production. And there are benefits to having a small healthy meal before bed, especially if you're a night owl and are going to bed three to four hours after dinner.
Sanders outlines the below things that happen to your body when you eat before bed:
1. Blood sugar drops in the morning are less likely, setting you up for a steady morning mood.
2. You get better sleep when your stomach is satiated, so you'll be less likely to wake in the middle of the night if you've had a small healthy bedtime snack.
3. Consuming protein before bed can help your muscle repair themselves and can even support their growth.
4. Eating a small nutrient-dense snack before bed can give your body the energy it needs to take care of the metabolic functions while you are resting.
If you align with the above, don't be too hard on yourself if you eat a small healthy snack before bed because it does, in fact, help your body.