We all know the feeling of lying in bed after a big meal and feeling like we could fall asleep at any moment. And while it may seem like a good idea to just drift off into dreamland, there are actually a few things you should take into consideration before doing so. First, let's explore why you shouldn't sleep immediately after eating.
Your body needs time to digest your food properly, and if you go to sleep before it has a chance to do so, you're more likely to experience indigestion and other uncomfortable side effects. Sleeping horizontally also puts pressure on your stomach, which can cause acids to rise up and lead to heartburn. So it's generally not a good idea to hit the hay right after finishing your dinner.
But how long should you wait? It's generally advised that you wait at least two hours after eating before going to sleep. This gives your body ample time to digest your food properly and will help you avoid any indigestion or heartburn. Of course, this may not always be possible depending on when you eat your last meal of the day. If you do find yourself in this situation, there are a few things you can do to help ease your discomfort.
Try sleeping with your head elevated on a few pillows or prop yourself up with some pillows behind your back. This will help keep acids down in your stomach where they belong. You can also try taking an antacid before lying down. And finally, avoid eating foods that are known to trigger heartburn or indigestion such as fatty foods, spicy foods, citrus fruits, chocolate, and caffeine.
So there you have it! Now you know why you shouldn't sleep immediately after eating and how long you should wait before doing so. Just remember to try and elevate your head or upper body when lying down and avoid triggering foods if you can't wait the full two hours. Sweet dreams!