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Tip #10. Do Not Eat Before Going To Bed

Eating too much before bedtime not only doesn't help you fall asleep faster but is also not healthy. Have a light snack 2 hours before sleep time the latest. This advice has simple explanation. Your organism stays awake digesting the food, so even if you fall asleep part of your body is not "sleeping" and overall you still have less effective sleep which is not restful. You will need more sleep which in turn will not let you wake up easily.

Same applies to drinking lots of water, cola or any other beverages - you will feel discomfort and will have to get up to urinate during the night. If you feel thirsty put a glass of water near the bed and take a little sip from it from time to time before you fall asleep or when you wake up during the night. What's interesting though, Jon Rhodes from HypnoBasters told me that native indians used exactly the opposit trick - obviously they didn't have alarm clocks so instead they drunk loads of water just before going to bed. That way they would wake up early as they would soon need to relieve themselves!

Please note that going to bed hungry or thirsty is not good either and can be just as disruptive to sleep as going to bed too full. Having very light snack or glass of milk will help you ease the hunger. Check this Yahoo!Food article to decide what to eat for a good sleep:

Top 10 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep from Yahoo!Food.

Added: 6/16/2007 7:16:30 AM

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Solace says:
9/14/2007 7:06:59 AM
Bleh, I always eat just before bed because I have such a high metabolism that I actually lose weight (muscle etc) if I don't eat :(.

Maybe just some protein and light snacks is in order...

Bonas Macfarlane says:
10/1/2007 7:37:27 AM
Thats very much true. Beside it is advised to have only light dinner such as salads.. there is a saying like thus: breakfast like a king, lunch like a normal man and dinner like a beggar!!

Matt says:
12/29/2007 2:19:23 PM
I asked my doctor about this, after several of my friends warned me of the effects of my habit of eating before bed. My doctor said that there is no medical evidence that 'Your organism stays awake digesting the food, so even if you fall asleep part of your body is not "sleeping"'.

The worst that might happen is if you often experience heartburn, acid reflux may bother you when you lie down immediately after eating.

In fact, my doctor said that if I find that eating before bed helps me to sleep better, then I should by all means continue doing so. Perhaps your next tip should be "Try eating before bed"!

GreenGhost says:
12/31/2007 1:46:57 PM
I think that if you suffer acid reflux, you probably already know that eating at night can prove to be very painful. Also, if you overindulge in food or drink at night, especially foods and drinks which upset the stomach, the acid is usually more acidic (thus more potent) and causes serious pain in the esophagus. The main two tubes of the throat are the esophagus (food travels here) and the trachea (oxygen and carbon dioxide travel here). GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, or acid reflux, can make you decide differently about whether to eat or drink. While it may be fine for some people to eat or drink before bed, those with acid reflux definitely want to stay away from this habit. Some nighttime medicines also create a powerful desire to eat just before bed. It's hard to say to yourself, "This may hurt me in the long run," but if you are on these medicines and you have reflux, don't do it - you may not feel the pain, but the erosion of the esophagus will still occur gradually over time. So save yourself some expensive future health bills and take care of your esophagus.

Matt benches says:
1/4/2008 2:58:31 PM
Thanks for the information.Should i have to restrict the junk food or dinner itself??
If i goto bed without eating then my stomach dont allow me to sleep....

Steve says:
1/14/2008 8:02:38 PM
You want to make sure not to eat anything at least 2 hours before going to bed because sleeping greatly decreases your metabolism in order to focus on other bodily functions such as healing, repair, and growth (1). If your food is not properly metabolized then it is more likely to be quickly stored as fat.

1. Hyman, Mark. "The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss:Ultra-Metabolism." pg 104

Mythbuster says:
5/24/2008 2:48:50 PM
This is a myth. There is absolutely no medical evidence for this advice. It has been discredited many, many, times and yet it still pops all over the place. Some proof:
"[Dietitian Dr Trent Watson] sets the record straight: "It's the total
energy you eat throughout the day that's important. You can eat all
your daily kilojoules after 6pm, and you won't gain any more weight
than if you ate it earlier in the day. Weight gain occurs when you
consume more energy than you expend."
"Myth: Eating after 8 p.m. causes weight gain.
Fact: It does not matter what time of day you eat. It is what and how
much you eat and how much physical activity you do during the whole
day that determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight.
No matter when you eat, your body will store extra calories as fat." From the National Institute of Health Website.
Most problems associated with eating at night are for people with asthma or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and those risks are mainly pulmonary and resuscitative in nature.Please research your facts before printing them.

Danielle.. says:
6/13/2008 1:37:18 PM
Eating before you go to bed is bad.
Obvi initt,,
I mean,, when u eat in the day you'll be walking around and bla bla bla but as ur going to bed then you not doing anything to burn thos calories that u have just intaken into ur system.
But by al means if you sleep better then eat a little amount not alot.,
and if just "eating" helps then try eating fruit..
im tryin to find a diet that i need to loose weight on fast cos im so depressed about my weight it unbalivable,, if anyone has one tha i can do with out fish or grapefruit.. or anything tha i cant rli get from shop init,, have u gotta diet with jus like normal food tha we all eat if u get me??
and if u eat half of what ur eating does it shrink ur stomach?
someone right bac to me if u want?

Science says:
6/20/2008 8:38:32 AM
I agree with this but I always thought that some meals which are rich in carbohyrdrates have a certain chemcial which causes an individual to become more sleepy, ill have to check up on this and report back
BedEater says:
1/19/2011 7:19:00 PM
Lol its 10:16 PM, and i just ate a bowl of cereal... do it everynight, doesen't bother me, but perhaps the, "body not completely asleep" part is true... beceause sometimes i go to bed at 10 and cant get out before 8. But then again im 16, might be the fact that im growing.

Simon says:
2/18/2011 5:44:47 AM
I am not sure that this applies to everyone on many occasions I have eaten directly before bed and wake up as normal and feel fine. However i am unsure of the health risks related as appose to the sleep defect risks.
Agghh says:
9/3/2011 9:29:04 PM
At first this was a bit interesting, the article itself. But it is true that these things differ for many many different people, we cannot set a "norm" because that is unhealthy. After reading a few of the comments I became disgusted with the ignorance and decided to leave this comment.


pablo says:
9/17/2011 1:00:28 AM
The truth is that no one should eat processed foods or processed sugars before bed. That equals weight gain. My Doc said that. However, natural foods such as granola, certain fruits or non gas producing foods are ok. Just do not over eat before sleep. Eat enough to satisfy the hunger pang if you have it before bed but do not go all out.

The key is to not eat too much. However, if you eat early like 5pm to 7pm, you often get hungry by 11pm. So eating before bed is not bad. If your body thinks it is starving, it will make you gain weight because of improper intake of certain foods. In other words, cookies and milk before bed is not a good idea. Eating an apple or a granola bar is ok.

Jenny says:
9/23/2011 2:44:00 AM
Drinking too much water or milk just before you sleep is not only disruptive to sleep, it is also harmful to the liver in the long run. Supper is thus additionally bad for us folks who want to slim down, because it not only adds unwanted calories before we sleep, disrupted sleep also causes weight gain.

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