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Is it okay to sleep right after eating?

Some people might find it easier to fall asleep after eating, but is it healthy to practise this? Are you putting your health at risk?

Conventionally, people believed that eating before bed can cause weight gain and your metabolism to go haywire. But recent studies suggest that eating before bed is perfectly fine and can actually help to improve your sleep.

Studies show that it is okay to SNACK every now and then before you go to bed as long as you don’t have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD happens when your stomach acid splashes back into your throat causing you to suffer from heartburn and making it difficult for you to swallow.

Eating before bed can worsen your GERD because when you lie down with a full stomach it’s much easier for the acid to splash back up into your throat. So, it’s best for you to avoid eating 3 hours before going to bed.

For those who don’t suffer from GERD, snacking after your dinner might actually help you lose weight because normally, we tend to snack closer to bedtime. Snacking on healthy foods a few hours after dinner might actually control your urge to eat later at night.

Another benefit of snacking before bed is it may stabilize your morning blood sugar levels. However, there are not enough studies to back up this theory just yet.

Check out the healthiest options available if you really need to snack;

  • Warm milk and honey
  • Blueberries
  • Peanut butter
  • Low-fat yoghurt

Snacking before bed really depends on you and your health. Listen to your body!

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