Dieting and Bedtime

There seems to be a conflict of thought here. Dieting is for eating and bedtime is for sleeping. If only it were that simple. There is a significant health relationship to what and when you eat and sleeping.

First, let’s look at what your body is doing during a “good night’s sleep”. Along with oxygen to breath, water to drink and food to eat, sleep is necessary for a healthy body. Sleep is required by your body in order to rejuvenate itself.

Simply put, during the various stages of sleep your body rests to rebuild strength for the next day. During sleep your muscles relax and your eye movement slows down. Studies show that your brain waves slow down and your breathing becomes rhythmic. When you reach a deep sleep the body releases hormones to help repair tissues and cells used during the waking hours. This is a necessary process for this aspect of the body’s ability to heal itself.

To confirm the value of sleep think back to the last time you didn’t get enough sleep. More than likely your mental acuity was diminished and you were not physically sharp. You may have been irritable and even confused.

Secondly, what and when you eat can have a direct affect on that “good night’s sleep”. Depending on the individual, a healthy adult will digest food in 24 to 72 hours. It will take about 6 to 8 hours for the food to go through the stomach and into the small intestine where the body receives most of its nutrition.

Well, if it takes 6 to 8 hours for the initial digestive process, what difference does it make when we eat before bed time?

I have a great aunt from California who lived to be 103. When visiting her once in the evening I noticed she had a small bowl of cereal set up on the kitchen table. This was her regular snack with milk before bedtime. I share this to emphasize the point that in eating before bedtime you must consider what it is that you are eating. Obviously it takes longer for the stomach to assimilate 8 ounces of steak than a small bowl of cereal.

Processing and digesting food is work for the body. The body releases enzymes and fluids to support the digestion process. Its this metabolic process that transforms the food we eat into energy for you body. Eating a large meal with PhenQ just before bedtime is a struggle for the body because it recognizes you should be resting or sleeping and it has some repair work to do. Now there is a stomach full of food to process, which requires a lot more energy than normal processes during sleep. This may lead to acid reflux, tossing and turning all night, and waking up tired. More than that, eating late at night on a regular basis can cause you to gain weight. A study in 2010 concluded that people dieting who got a full night’s sleep lost more than twice the amount of fat as did dieters who were sleep-deprived.

With all this in mind, if you surrender to the urge to eat a snack just before bed, the sensible thing to do is eat a small portion of something easily digested.

There are several reasons we eat late night snacks. A structured and disciplined diet plan can help you resist the late night urges to snack. The #1 online diet plan addresses this issue.

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