Why shouldn’t you sleep right after eating?

You have swallowed your meal and you have only one desire; slouch on the couch or in bed for the best nap of your life? This article may change your mind…

Eating and digesting, it is true that it is tiring. When you get the chance, it’s hard to to struggle against against the after-dinner siesta… Sometimes we even eat so late because of the frenetic pace of the day that we fall asleep for the night without even having cleared the table.

If sleeping after eating seems like a totally innocuous action, it could, in fact, be carrying us harm. Disturbance of sleep and digestion, discomfort, pain, … Maybe it’s not worth the shot to lie down immediately! But then, When can we sleep and what to do waiting ? This is what we will see in the rest of this article.

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The consequences of the nap after eating

Going to bed right after eating a heavy meal poses several problems. Already, in a lying position, food has more difficulty in going down to the intestines and stagnates in the stomach, which will slow down digestion…It will make your sleep more difficult And less restorative.

That’s not all, this lying position will also promote acid reflux in the esophagus. You’ve probably had this very unpleasant type of reflux, which is characterized by a burning sensation in your throat.

That’s not all, this gastric acid reflux can generate sleep apneal, which increase the risk ofstroke. Indeed, researchers at the University of Ioannina School of Medicine found that people who waited more than 2 hours after a meal before going to sleep greatly reduced the risk of stroke.

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What to do after eating?

Well, if we can’t sleep, what then? In truth, the best thing to do after a hearty meal is to go to walk. According to a University of Washington study (published in the journal Diabetes Care in 2013), walking 15 minutes after a meal would be very effective for improve digestion.
In addition, this digestive walk would be beneficial for reduce the risk of diabetes reducing blood sugar levels and the risk ofstroke.

When can we sleep after eating?

The best is to wait at least 1h – 1h30 before going to bed, and until 3 hours after a hearty meal, which will take longer to digest. Ideally, you should dine between 7:30 and 8 p.m. and sleep between 10:30 and 11 p.m.
If you are too tired after meals, especially lunchtime, it may be because you eat too much Or not balanced enough. Try to review your diet or also to have adequate nights sleep to cover the rest of the day.

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Penelope Fajon

Hello ! I am an intern at Marmiton for 6 months (from January to July 2023). I love many things in life, but nothing more than food! Guide me here…

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