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Does the time when you eat dinner and the amount of dinner that you eat affect the quality of your sleep?

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Hot meat, (beef, chicken or pork),at night, helps me sleep. Chocolate milk helps too.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Studies tend to show that when food is consumed late at night — anywhere from after dinner to outside a person’s typical sleep/wake cycle — the body is more likely to store those calories as fat and gain weight rather than burn it as energy, says Kelly Allison of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s…Aug 24, 2015

Why eating late at night may be particularly bad for you and your diet…


The body requires downtime to properly digest the food.

recommend eating between 7 AM – 7 PM so that the body will properly digest all food eaten in those hours.

Actually eat between any twelve hour period and nothing until the next schedule time that
you have set ( always a 12 hour period of eating comfortably not gorging.)

Once in a routine the body will adjust to your schedule.and good restful sleep will be the result.

snowberry's avatar

I get indigestion if I snack. Dinner needs to be eaten early enough that I’ll have an empty stomach come bedtime.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I like to eat 3 hours before I go to bed otherwise I have an uncomfortable, full feeling in my stomach. That will give me bad dreams.
I find that if I drink anything closer than 2 hours before bed, I’ll need to get up to pee.
My best sleep results from having a meal at 5–6 pm and going to bed at 9 pm.

dabbler's avatar

Most people will sleep less comfortably with a lot of food in their system if only because those parts of the body are hard at work instead of resting.

Many people who experience ‘acid reflux’ in their sleep get that because there has not been enough time for food to get further through the system before they go to bed.

johnpowell's avatar

I have to sleep immediately after I eat now.

I don’t eat breakfast. Lunch. Right after I eat I nap. Dinner, sleep right away. I keep crazy hours.

Cold stuff doesn’t make me sleepy. So I lean towards sandwiches and salads during the day. But get a plate of mac and cheese in me and I am out 10 minutes later.

Kardamom's avatar

It’s hard to say. I’ve had insomnia problems for around 20 years now. I used to eat much later, say 10 years ago, simply due to my work schedule. Now I eat dinner around 7 and I’m done, but I can’t even attempt to sleep until midnight or 1. Back when I worked later, and had a long commute, and got up much earlier, I went to bed around 9:30. So the difference in time between eating and sleeping was much shorter back then, and I ate a lot more back then, and ate more spicy food before going to bed back then. But I have never really noticed much of a difference. Insomnia is insomnia, no matter how you slice it.

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