Understanding U

Sleep Better

“Hitting the Hay”

Although going to sleep hungry may be uncomfortable, sleeping on a full stomach is a much worse idea.

  • Digestion
  • When U lie down after eating, the food and digestive juices in your stomach push on the bottom of your esophagus.
    • This can cause indigestion, acid reflux and heartburn.
    • It’s more natural for the body to be upright when digesting, which allows gravity to keep the food where it belongs.
    • Digestion requires a lot of energy!

When U go to bed full, rather than resting and repairing themselves while U sleep, your digestive organs are forced to work overtime to assimilate that food.

  • Proper Rest
  • Human circadian rhythms automatically put our bodies into “low power mode”
    • But, late-night meals stimulate our metabolism instead, interfering with our ability to fall asleep.
    • That, as well as stimulants like sugar and caffeine found in desserts or coffee, can be significant nutritional causes of insomnia or restless slumber.
  • Weight Gain
  • Aside from tiredness, insomnia has another negative side effect: It can increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol.
    • This causes certain fat cells to release triglycerides and can lead to weight gain – on the belly in particular.
    • An extra meal between dinner and bedtime also means extra calories.
    • Research shows that nighttime snacking not only results in weight gain but can increase levels of glucose and cholesterol as well!

Ideally, U should eat no later than 2 hours before bed.

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