Is Your Dinner Time Affecting Your Sleep?
What time do you typically eat dinner? We know that dinner time varies for each person and family based on their activities and schedules. During this time of year, many dinner times are also changed because of holiday parties and family get-togethers. You may be surprised to learn that the time you eat dinner can affect your quality of sleep and your sleep apnea symptoms. So, if you have been struggling with your sleep lately, your dinner time may be to blame.
Why Does Late Eating Affect Sleep?
Each time you eat, chewing and swallowing food is only the first step in the process. Eating at a later time does not give your body ample time to properly digest the food before laying down for the night. Laying down with a full stomach can cause pressure to build in your chest, leading to breathing issues. It can also lead to acid reflux, causing you to wake frequently during the night. Eating late at night can also cause issues with weight that can also affect sleep apnea symptoms. Choosing a balanced diet and eating an earlier dinner can help you get the rest you need.
Foods to Avoid at Night
Now that you know that your dinner time may be affecting your sleep, it is also helpful to know which foods and drinks can also lead to a problem when consumed too late at night. We recommend avoiding foods and beverages such as:
- Anything with caffeine
- Foods high in protein and fat
- Spicy foods
- Fiber-enriched foods
If you are interested in learning more about how we can help with your sleep apnea troubles, or you have questions or concerns about your treatment plan, we are here to help. Be sure to contact our office in Auburn & Silverdale, WA with any questions or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon.