Should You be Eating Before Bed

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Curious if you should be sleeping right after you eat? Some people think it’s a terrible idea to sleep right after you eat. It makes sense to us, logically. If we have something in our stomach, our bodies will have to digest it and make it impossible to fall asleep. And, let’s not ignore the potential weight gains that come with snacking late at night.

Eating something one hour before bed and you’re going to pay for it.

For example, eating too many snacks while watching your favorite movie right before bedtime would definitely hurt the quality of your sleep (not to mention such habits can lead to unwanted weight gains). Let’s think about why you shouldn’t eat right in bed.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology states that eating small meals just before sleep does not necessarily result in weight gains. There are other good reasons for not sleeping right after eating a meal, however.

Late night snacks or evening meals at the does not necessarily result in weight gains. It’s because the calories of the evening are the same as those of the day. You gain weight only if your caloric intake is greater than your daily caloric expenditure.

On the other side, you definitely gain weight if you eat excess calories before you sleep.

Eating smaller portions

Generally speaking, if you eat late, you’re supposed to gain weight. It is because you can consume different types of food before you sleep. Eating high-calorie snacks at night leads to increased body fat. These snacks with high calories include chips, sweets, ice cream, or cookies.

Eat more small meals all day long instead of eating bigger meals. This will help you to escape hunger just before you go to bed.

The amount of time you consume is not as important as the amount you eat. Your caloric intake must be lower than your caloric expenditure if you want to lose weight. Either you eat early in the morning or late at night, it doesn’t matter.

Timing your eat


You have to eat your last big meal of the day at least 2 to 3 hours before going to bed. And if you’re up until late at night and you’ve spent 4 to 5 hours since you had your last big meal, you can have a snack until bedtime. Things like a piece of fruit, you can eat snacks that digest properly. You’ll want to avoid drinks such as wine and coffee, they can have a negative impact on your health.

What are some foods to eat late at night?:

  • Nuts
  • Smoothie with fresh fruits
  • A hard-boiled egg
  • Whole grains

The digestive system continues to work even when you’re sleeping. But, it can slow down quite a bit because you don’t eat or drink when you’re sleeping.

The tissues in this region are also growing, restoring and rebuilding themselves during this process. Both systems are driven by the digestive system using the glucose ingested during the day.

But if you’ve eaten a large meal right before going to bed, you don’t give the digestive system enough time to rest, so your digestion continues as you sleep. You can wake up with heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, or other uncomfortable signs of sleep disruption.

What are the risks of eating late at night?

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Eating late at night may lead to less hunger. And if you skip breakfast, at lunch or later in the evening you risk overeating or even eating unhealthy snacks. The body is busy digesting the final meal while you sleep just after eating a meal. This can lead to different conditions, such as indigestion, and a higher risk of stroke.

Eating late often increases the chances of mental exhaustion— this is presumably why so many people claim to have hallucinations from food consumption in the late evening. The consequence may diminish willpower and impaired judgment. Not to mention the complete fatigue and lack of energy as well — this is one of the hardest things you can do if you are a bodybuilder or working out.

Risks of eating late at night

  • Difficult to lose weight
  •  Poor memory and concentration levels
  • Acid reflux
  • Eating disorders


To wrap things up, it can be dangerous and risky to eat before bedtime. Eat healthy snacks, at least 2 to 3 hours before sleeping, you must avoid eating a large meal. Make sure that your caloric intake exceeds your caloric expenditure and you won’t gain weight from snacking late at night. And in the morning, too, you’ll feel much better.