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Does anyone do midnight snacking? I remember back in the 80's, there were always commercials and tv shows of overweight dads who couldn't go back to sleep because of hunger. So they waddle down to the kitchen in their $2 Hanes tee and pajama pants and terry cloth robe and make themselves a meaty sandwich with mayo on white bread. I've never known anyone who does this. Has anyone?

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  1. Not I, except occasionally after a late night out.

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    1. re: Lucia

      I'm talking about going to bed and waking up to eat and going back to bed.

      1. re: FoxyWiles

        I get that--hence the "not I." The rest is tongue in cheek.

    2. My FIL is notorius for this. In the morning, nine times out of ten there is an empty bowl from his eating Rice Crispies and Milk at 2AM.

      Not to be sexist, Mrs Jfood is a lousy sleeper (DNA i guess) and I find an empty bowl of Special K on the table most mornings when I come down. The dog has numerous grievance submitted to our Congressman.

      BTW, neither go downstairs in their $2 Hanes and pajama pants, more likely a poofy robe for Mrs Jfood and a plaid flannel for the FIL.

      1. My SO eats about six small meals a day - and one of those is usually eaten in the middle of the night. But he's not eating a massive sandwich or a full meal - it's usually a small bowl of cereal, a piece of fruit, a serving of yogurt - sometimes just a glass of orange juice.

        Sometimes he staggers into the kitchen in a bathrobe, sometimes in his sleeping clothes - at least I think that's what he wears. Most of the time I sleep right through the whole thing.

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        1. re: ElsieDee

          Jfood and Elsie: Do you ever ask them why they do this? I just can't understand wanting a snack while sleeping. (In college I used to get up in the middle of the night to chug Coke, which I can only laugh about now.) Maybe it's just me and I do not want food after a certain point in the evening (unless it's similar to Lucia's case).

          1. re: FoxyWiles

            For my S/O, he's actually hungry - the hunger wakes him and he can't go back to sleep unless he's eaten something. It isn't like he's lying there thinking "man, I gotta get me a piece of that leftover meatloaf" - he's asleep and then he's awake and his stomach's growling and he needs to eat.

            He's of slight build and really doesn't each much at one time - going out for a meal is a challenge, 'cause he can usually get three meals out of one (bringing home the leftovers), if he skips the app. and dessert. He also only eats until he's no longer hungry, not until he's full .

            Something that drives me batty with him (but I've learned to live with it) is that he'll save "two bites" of food - literally, two bites worth - won't finish it, saves it for a snack. Same for drinks (especially juice) - there's almost always a glass in the fridge containing less than a tablespoon's worth of liquid, that he wasn't able to finish - but he will drink it later.

            1. re: ElsieDee

              So I guess it's based on eating habits.

        2. For some reason I have a habit on taking a big drink of Sunny Delight out of the container in the middle of the night. ???

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          1. re: Oh Robin

            Some nights I wake up to find myself gulping o.j. in front of the fridge.

          2. Me - I've done it, same reasons as above - wake up hungry and can't get to sleep. It's only happened when I was training for marathons and couldn't keep up with my fuel needs. Doesn't happen anymore - although it's starting to look like I eat a lot...... sigh.......

            1. If I'm nursing a bad head cold, I'll get up in the middle of what is already pretty awful sleep and make a cup of tea, hot broth to sooth myself from stuffy head, congestion but I've never done this out of hunger.

              1. I had a roommate in college who would do this -- sleep, then get up and watch movies and eat all the food in the house while the rest of us were asleep. And he could put it away -- family-sized yogurt containers, whole packages of spaghetti... Wow. But when I sleep, I'm out.

                1. I'm too lazy to ever get out of bed, but I'm capable of snacking all evening long up to, and past midnight. I'd snack ever two hours or so, and I tend to alternate salty with sweet.

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                  1. re: Fida

                    sounds similar to me :) I snack constantly right up til I go to bed. i don't generally get hungy after I've gone to sleep. But I have been dying of thirst before (to the point where I start dreaming about drinking water) and been too lazy to get out of bed to go and get a glass of water until I really can't stand the thirst any longer.

                  2. When he was much younger -- high-school and college years -- my brother did this. He'd get up in the middle of the night and raid the refrigerator. I always thought it was weird -- who could be bothered? But he did it......

                    1. I often do the midnight snack thing, but almost never exactly what you've described. I don't wake up and go for a snack, but I usually get a small bite to eat just before I go to bed. As with the example above, I'm of slight build and don't tend to eat large quantities all at once, but, rather, eat small quantities fairly often.

                      1. My SO will wake after an hour or so of sleep (usually stressed) and amble out to the kitchen for juice and toast, with the 100 pound plus dog ambling after him, hoping for a corner of the toast. I wake to butter and juice left out on the counter and toast crumbs on the floor, and the SO and dog sleeping with contented smiles from their repast.