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Is it bad to go to sleep right after eating a meal? Will it cause weight gain or slow down my metabolism? There's so many myths about this and I am curious.

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Well, given that you are supposed to be in recovery, I'm not sure you should be all that worried about weight gain.  But no, the timing of your meals does not affect your metabolism. Going to bed on a full stomach is not all that pleasant but will not cause weight gain.

sleeping right after eating is only a problem if it affects your sleep.

fallingcrashing - exactly as coach_k already told you meal timing is irrelevant to weight gain and the speed of your metabolism. Noting that you are in recovery, you should i no way let these thoughts come to mind and let it run you. Also to ad as antibinge mentioned, the only reason to not eat a certain time before bed is such medical conditions as acid reflux, as laying down can make it a little uncomfortable. Personally I can't sleep unless I have had something a little bit before bed or else I will toss and turn once I start feeling hungry again.

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Dear falling crashing,

I do believe that it is a bad thing to go to sleep right after eating.Foot in mouth

You need to give your digestive system at least 30 minutes to an hour before going to sleep.

hope that I helped

Peter/jzhero

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jzhero-Where does this information come from, or is this just your opinion? Smile

I usually like going to sleep with something on my stomach.  I usually eat my dinner at 9-10pm and have a small snack before heading to bed. I tried to do the whole "don't eat after 6pm" thing but I found myself getting up and stuffing my face at midnight because I was too hungry to sleep. Just do whatever works best for you.

Food is food, no matter when you eat it. You said it yourself, there are lots of myths surrounding this topic.

During recovery, I was always bloated, and my stomach hurt so much after every meal. Sleeping is what I did every time to alleviate the pain! I'd wake up feeling relieved and a bit more comfy, and that way I also didn't have as many ED thoughts playing around with my mind directly after every meal.

Original Post by jzhero:

Dear falling crashing,

I do believe that it is a bad thing to go to sleep right after eating.

You need to give your digestive system at least 30 minutes to an hour before going to sleep.

hope that I helped

Peter/jzhero

If you haven't noticed, the OP is recovering from an ED, don't post myth's or if you do state that it is your opinion and what works for you....

I've actually wondered that as well. But...from my own experience, all it does is just make me bloat (depending on how much I had).

I usually sleep everyday after breakfast, bad i know, but some days I wake up at like 4am and eat breakfast, then go back to sleep haha.

I'd only be worried if you ate a lot and slept all day.

Life is too short to worry about myths.  If you feel comfortable sleeping having just eaten it will not affect your metabolism etc.  In spain, people eat around 9-10pm usually just before they retire as it is too hot in the day and the majority of the country is very healthy and slim - I know my family from Spain are anyway! 

I usually have a large bowl of cereal or a big protein shake before bed (like literally 10-15 mins before) and have been maintaining for ages if that helps quelm your worrys in any way ;)

From experience and hearing other's experience, no it will not cause weight gain (though you shouldn't be worried about that as you're recovering!) IT's total calories in the day

I always have a big snack at night, i find it comforting. Also it means my blood sugar is raised at night and then shoots down again for the morning - meaning i'm hungry for breakfast!

If i didn't have a big night snack i wouldn't be hungry in the morning, making forcing breakfast down an ED-filled, guilt-riddled time

 no worries about gaining weight...Though if you just had a heavy meal you might want elevate head while u sleep(pillows). just so your gastric emptying will be smooth. When I have patients and they complain in the morning about having heart burn that's one of the reasons they had it. Jzhero was talking about gastric emptying, those who have GERD are really adviced not to sleep right away after eating..everyone here is having different experiences. doctors have the more reliable answer for you and better explanations.

from my expierence, I feel that I weigh less (not by much) in the morning if I had gone to bed hungry rather than full; now this isn't by shocking numbers, but it makes me feel better in the morning psychologically more than anything else.

but don't go to bed so hungry your in pain, just enough so your not in pain/can't sleep.

hope it helps!

Original Post by lauradomek:

from my expierence, I feel that I weigh less (not by much) in the morning if I had gone to bed hungry rather than full; now this isn't by shocking numbers, but it makes me feel better in the morning psychologically more than anything else.

but don't go to bed so hungry your in pain, just enough so your not in pain/can't sleep.

hope it helps!

OP is in recovery from anorexia, that was not a good choice of advice..... Overall it doesn't matter, that is just water fluctuations that you see. If you are concerned about decimal numbers when weighing yourself, you may want to think your situation through to see if you need help....

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