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Facts you should know:Eating before sleep
Though everyone is told that eating before sleep will harm them, most people still can't help eating snacks like biscuits, chips, or cake before sleep.
What exactly is the harm caused by eating before sleep?Does it interfere with sleep?Does it only harm without doing any good?We'll figure it out in this blog.
1.Clarify the harm
Lydia Kvashnina, a senior dietitian, explained the following to her readers :
If you ate at night, the body has to abandon the built and well-coordinated work on renewal and recovery and take up the process of digestion, spending its resources on this. In addition, at night the activity of enzymes, gastric juice production and other mechanisms of digestion is reduced - this will not allow food to be properly digested and give the body nutrients, vitamins and valuable micro- and macronutrients.
This is where most of the health problems appear among those who like to eat at night: diabetes, overweight, risk of cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, heartburn, chronic fatigue, exacerbation of chronic diseases.
2.Some kinds of food and drink may "ruin" your sleep
If it so happens that you ate right before sleep, and the food on your plate was greasy, with a high content of spices and salt, it can disturb your sleep. It will be shallow, and jagged, with frequent awakenings, and you will get up "on the wrong foot". Because the body is as if planning to do its business in sleep. And here we "threw" in the stomach unnecessary products, and he had to work intensively to digest these products. And this requires time and energy. And the main task of sleep could not be fulfilled.
In addition, some products, such as coffee, chocolate, and spices, can excite the nervous system, and we can not fall asleep for a long time. Or we fall asleep, but we wake up often. As a result, sleep is restless and shallow.
3.Hungry also does harm to your body
If you look at the situation from the other side, the body also has a negative attitude to severe starvation. Left without food, for example, from 6 pm to 7 am, it begins to create reserves under the action of the enzyme lipoprotein lipase.
Often starvation leads to sleep disturbance because the body experiences a lack of nutrients and requires to replenish them, thus not allowing you to enjoy the embrace of Morpheus, and therefore, to fully rest before a difficult day of work. Such extremes are best avoided.
4.Choose these foods when you're hungry
We've prepared a list of foods that are less taxing on the body for those who are used to eating before sleep:
・Mixed celery and radish salad
・Grapefruit, blueberries, apples
They fill your hunger well and, at the same time, don't negatively affect the quality of sleep you get.
Eating before sleep can indeed be harmful to your body and sleep, but if you are used to eating before sleep or if you are hungry, you can still consider eating specific foods to fill your hunger and improve your sleep.