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July 1, 2013

Eating and Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Q:  How soon should I stop eating in order to get a good night’s sleep of at least 7 hours?

A:  This is a great question. It all depends upon the size of the meal, and when you eat it. The dinner meal should be one of the smaller meals of the day, as your body really needs time to digest, and the smaller amount it digests the better. So if you can keep dinner to under 750 calories, that will help. Next, different types of food are digested at different rates. Keeping your dinner to lighter fare will also help with this process. Finally, consider giving yourself about 3-4 hours before lights out as the latest time for dinner. This will allow your stomach to digest its contents easily and not interfere with your ability to fall asleep.