Some of the best eating advice I have received was a warning not to eat within 2 or 3 hours of going to bed. I’ve thought about it and tested it, and found it to be sound advice.
Several things can happen when eating too late at night. First, the body has negative reactions to the food. Digestion issues and heartburn are examples. The body isn’t able to sleep as deeply on a full stomach, thus making for less energy the following day. The metabolism slows in the evening, making the food that enters the body much more likely to turn to fat. The morning after late-night eating leaves the body sluggish and with a low-appetite, resulting in a higher likelihood to skip breakfast and delve into unhealthy snacks later on.
When you think about it, our bodies don’t need energy late at night. There is really no necessity in fueling ourselves for bed. If there ever is a time to feel tired and sluggish, bedtime is it! When I wake in the morning and feel that wonderful healthy appetite for something nutritious to fill my stomach, knowing that I ate right the night before, it’s simply a wonderful feeling.