Everyone wants to feel rested when they wake up in the morning. Research has shown that the amount of sleep you get is a direct reflection on how overweight you are. Now, new information is telling us that WHAT you eat before bed can determine how soundly you sleep.
Researchers from the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil found that the more fat you eat at your evening meal, the more likely you are to experience sleep disruptions, such as waking up in the night and experiencing sleep apnea, or occasional pauses in breathing.
“Fat is digested differently than carbohydrates,” says David Kuhlman, M.D., the medical director of sleep medicine at Bothwell Regional Center in Sedalia, Missouri. “So eating it before bed can set you up for a stomachache or heartburn.”
To slumber more soundly, abstain from having heavy meals or snacks at least two hours before bedtime. But don’t go to sleep hungry, either. A light and lowfat snack will keep your tummy from rubbing (source).
On a personal note, I feel that excess carbs at night makes me a light sleeper. Find what works best for you and stick to it. You body will thank you in the morning!