I try not to eat right before sleep simply because it’s not very comfortable when my body's busy digesting my last meal. But I know it's also uncomfortable to try falling asleep (and staying asleep) on a grumbling, empty stomach.
So, what to do?
I’ve devised a very simple, straightforward manifesto for solving the tummy grumbles once bedtime has arrived.
1. Determine whether or not you're actually hungry.
Sometimes we mistake our hunger for thirst. Drinking a glass of water can help you clarify what your body needs! However, if you’re actually hungry, almonds and bananas promote restful sleep. A banana with almond milk is one of my favorite go-to snacks before bed. Another idea is a banana with a little almond butter, though beware that too much fat just before bed can result in an uneasy stomach.
Kathryn Budig has posted an awesome smoothie recipe that will satisfy the issue of having not had a real dinner but not wanting to sit down to a plateful when it's late at night.
A smoothie with banana, a dash of raw honey, almond milk, a bit of nut butter and cinnamon can solve some serious grumbles without feeling like you’ve just ingested a huge meal. Drinking sustenance is useful just before bed because, in just a few swallows, one can obtain the nutrients and calories that could take five times as long to chew.
2. Don’t jump right between the sheets.
Ideally, you have a bit of time to rest before bed. The only time I jump right into bed after eating is when I've had a glass of almond milk and a banana. Otherwise, it’s nice to let the body transition. If you have time to do a bit of stretching before bed, I’ve noticed this easy sequence promotes incredible digestion and restful sleep: