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Does eating food right before bedtime make it harder to sleep sometimes? I struggle to stay full enough to where I don't go to bed and wake up hungry, yet I also don't want to eat a meal/snack immediately before laying down at bedtime.

I struggle with the balance of staying full and yet not eating so close to when I go to bed. Is there an ideal way to balance these things? All I can notice from my end is that eating peanut butter or high fat and protein foods seems to keep me awake more, but I'm not sure if that's commonplace?


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replied September 10th, 2019
Sleep Disorders Answer A65218
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!
I read your question and I understand your concern.
Its common problem. Eating too much at bed time can disturb sleep due to different issues especially GI problems. One can't fall a sleep on empty stomach due to reticular activation system arousal.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan


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