Are bed time meals a bad idea? Like all nutrition questions, it depends on the individual.

In my experience, eating late at night is a no-no, but it all depends on how much and what type of foods you are eating before bed.

I’ve had clients who couldn’t sleep throughout the night and would wake 2am or 3am, to find themselves hungry and wide awake. Sometimes a handful of raw almonds before bed might be the just the trick. Regulating the insulin throughout the night can be helpful.

Are Bed Time Meals A Bad Idea?Others like me, who have had acid reflux, know that eating before bed is the worst thing to do. I can remember lying down after a meal only to find myself wide awake because the burning sensation in my stomach was hurting so bad.

We were also told that gravity had an effect with digestion, and it’s always good to stand or take a walk after a meal.

If you are going to eat before bed, I suggest sleeping on the left side of your body. When you are on your left side, the stomach is positioned below the entrance to the stomach from the esophagus (called the cardiac sphincter). Because symptoms of heartburn are caused when the stomach contents back up into the esophagus, keeping the cardiac sphincter above the stomach may help prevent discomfort from heartburn.

Something else to consider, night time is when we crave those sugary treats. These treats are a huge hindrance against weight loss. Raising blood sugar is probably one of the worst things you can do before bed, since our metabolism is slowest at this time.

If you’re still wondering what to do, I suggest not eating before bed.

It disrupts sleep and can cause inflammation in the gut. Sleep and digestion are two of the most important factors in staying healthy.

Stay healthy my friends 🙂