Are you one of those who can’t help, but go for a midnight snack or just eat dinner really late? It might have started with just one night when you finished some work really late, which gradually followed for a few more days until you knew that it turned into a habit!
But what’s the harm in eating a little late, right? Well, you might think that it has no repercussions, but you’d be wrong in that aspect. Eating food at night leads to bloating among other things. The optimal time for dinner is 6:00 to 7:30, and the later you have it, the worse it is for your body.
Have you ever woken up after a long sleep and walked over to your mirror and thought, why do I look so bloated?
It’s because of your late night eating habit. It’s a habit that should be curbed when it starts, but sometimes you can’t really control your life. You’ll work late at some point or work on some school project that you need to finish on time or come back from a late-night party with a growling stomach. But the late-night dinner can lead to not only bloating but also insomnia, weight gain and acid reflux.
As we all know, bloating is a little swelling on your abdomen that shows up after eating. Well, to define it in vivid terms, bloating happens when gas collects in the intestines and stomach. It’s caused when your diet is not balanced, leading to an uncooperative digestive tract, which is not able to digest the food, and instead produces gas which is get trapped in the abdominal area leading to discomfort.
Burping is a way to relieve that gas but most of the time, it doesn’t provide complete relief.
Although its a thing that can happen to anyone, if it’s too recurrent, it’s best to get checked by a professional as it might be caused due to an underlying medical issue.
How to avoid Bloating
Eating late night can lead to bloating and it’s almost unavoidable, but as we mentioned before, there are times when we can’t escape it. So, how about taking precautions to minimise it. So, how can you avoid it? The best way is to manage your time well so you don’t have to eat at night but if you do:
Don’t eat too much
This is the major cause of bloating when eating at night. Your metabolism slows down during the night and your body is focusing more on resting that digesting up food. Therefore, when you eat too much, your digestive tract is not able to digest the food properly, thus, leading to a bloated stomach in the morning. Opt for a lighter and smaller meal without fiber and sugar. The protein shouldn’t be too much either.
Don’t sleep right after eating
Your body digests best when it’s in an upright position and sleeping can interfere with that process. It’s best to walk around a little for some light exercise to help your digestive tract. When the food is properly digested, you’d thank yourself because you won’t feel bloated the next day.
There are many more ways to avoid bloating, for example,avoid eating sugar, avoid carbonated drinks, cut out sodium, eat probiotics and stretch before sleeping.
Although you know these tips, it’s best to avoid late night eating as it can lead to serious health problems in the years to come. So prevention is always better than cure!