“Hunger disturbs sleep. Try a light snack about 30 minutes before bed, but don’t overeat. Avoid spicy or greasy foods.” John L. Eickholt, MD
When you go to bed hungry, the negative effects reach beyond a little discomfort as you try to fall asleep. Even if you are unaware of it happening, hunger can be distracting enough to prevent deeper levels of sleep, increase awakenings throughout the night, and cause awakening for the day too early. All of these things prevent adequate quality sleep.
It is also important not to over eat before bed, because that may disrupt sleep, too. If the body is tasked with digesting too much food during sleep, it is not able to complete all the tasks required for restorative sleep. Some foods are better than others to consume before bed. For more information, review our blog about what to eat, and what to avoid before bed HERE.
The key is to learn the ideal food quantities, types, and times you should consume to optimize sleep. This will reduce factors that disrupt sleep, and help promote quality sleep.
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