Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

Is it bad to eat just before going to bed?

Eating just before going to bed can be disruptive to your sleep. It’s best to finish eating or drinking at least two to three hours before bedtime, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

Eating too close to bedtime can make you uncomfortable, especially if you eat spicy foods or other foods that can cause heartburn, according to the NSF.

It is also a good idea to limit how much you drink before bedtime to avoid waking up throughout the night to go to the bathroom, according to the NSF.

If you do drink something close to bedtime, avoid caffeine because it can cause you to stay awake and disrupt the quality of your sleep, according to the NSF.

Talk to your physician for more information about the effects eating right before going to bed can have on your sleep.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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