It's bad to eat right before bed. The body doesn't need calories to sleep like it does for other activities. The body's systems need to rest and eating before bed puts strain on the digestive system, which may interrupt sleep
On the contrary. Sleeping after a meal is the best way to calmly digest one's food. You cannot be physically active on a full stomach. That is why people in warm climates like to take a siesta after lunch and eat very late at night.
I don't think a full meal just before bedtime is good for anyone, but maybe a light snack. I have terrible dreams when I go to bed on a full stomach. Don't know why it happens, but it does. Maybe the combination of stressful schedule and too much to digest doesn't go together! :-)
Please do not eat late at night and then go to sleep. You cannot burn those unwanted calories while you sleep plus you are going to store the fat. You are also going to sleep better on a half empty stomach. You should eat at least 3 to 4 hours before bed. It is not healthy to do otherwise.
And Thirdly! If I do not eat shortly before bedtime I will wake up hungry in the middle of the night. I rest better after eating. I can't sleep if I am hungry. Plus I do have a very high metabolism, so I have to eat more than the average person.
I agree with Caribqueen. It is bad news for most of us to go to bed on a full stomach. I've been on a Mediterranean diet for the past couple of years - eating the main meal at around 2-3pm and again at night about 10 - 11pm and I am getting FAT! It just doesn't suit my metabolism I'm afraid, which is very slow - even more so nowadays.
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