Eating revs up your digestive juices and creates an internal fire… which is the opposite feeling you need for a relaxing sleep! It can take several hours for your body to properly digest your food and you want to give it the best environment to do so. If you go to sleep shortly after eating a meal, you won’t give your body ample time to digest and burn off the calories you have just ingested. Instead of being used as fuel, those calories will be turned into fat and stored in the body.
If you are an “Early Bird Special” type of dinner-eater, then you have plenty of time to let your digestion work through its course. But, if you are a late-night dinner-eater, then go for a meal that is easy to digest. Examples of easily digestible foods would be fruits, vegetables, rice, sweet potatoes, chicken and salmon. Foods that are harder to digest include spicy and/or fried foods, beans, cabbage and citrus.
Tip: Finish Eating at least 3 hours before Bedtime