I have a very weird schedule that fluctuates wildly depending on the day of the week. On certain days I’ll have to lay down to sleep after lunch. Being lunch time, I’m also hungry, so I generally eat a meal about an hour or so before I tuck into bed. I’ve always wondered though, is it bad to eat before you go to bed?
As is the case with most things, the answer isn’t black and white. It is perfectly fine to eat an hour or two before you go to bed, but what you eat and how much you eat can make a difference. That being said, eating a 600 calorie meal five hours before you go to bed compared to two hours before you go to bed won’t make much of a difference in terms of your weight gain or loss.
I suffer from pretty severe heartburn, so much so that I’m on medication for it. One thing that would always trigger it is eating a meal and then lying down. This is one case where someone would want to ensure they’re not eating before they hit the proverbial hay.
Another reason for choosing to not eat close to bedtime is that it could impact how you feel the next day. You may find that it’s not comfortable to sleep with a belly full of food and that the quality of your sleep is impacted as a result. Eating right before you go to bed could also make you feel bloated in the morning when you rise.
If you’re really hungry and you can’t hold off eating until morning, make sure that you choose something small that’s easily digestible. Skip any greasy fast food, beef, raw vegetables, or anything spicy. Instead, choose something like non-citrus fruits, plain crackers, or yogurt. All of these choices are relatively healthy and easily digestible.