“Hitting the Hay”
Although going to sleep hungry may be uncomfortable, sleeping on a full stomach is a much worse idea.
- 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.