Mumbai: If you eat too late and then have trouble falling asleep, then it is a sign of insomnia. After how many hours should you sleep after having a meal? Is sleeping immediately after eating food bad for health? Do you know the time difference between eating and sleeping?

You need to know how long after eating you should go to bed. Often people sit at one place and eat late at night and go to sleep immediately after having food. But doing so can be dangerous for health. Find out how many hours should be between meals and bedtime and why?

There should be a gap of three hours between the last meal of the day and bedtime. Within three hours the food moves from the stomach to the small intestine. It helps in making the digestion process smooth. Also, there is no problem like heartburn and insomnia at night.


Symptoms of heartburn are reduced by sleeping late after a meal. But falling asleep immediately after having a meal can cause irritability. At the same time, a three-hour break between eating and sleeping helps in controlling blood sugar.

eating affects sleep

Eating food just before bed can disturb your sleep. Sleeping immediately after eating can cause reflex symptoms. This can cause burning, discomfort and a bitter taste in the mouth. Spicy and acidic foods cause the most discomfort.