How important is not eating right before bed?


Alethia

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Hello! I'm on day 5 of my first Whole30 and feeling awesome! My question is basically: how important is not eating right before bed?

A little background: I start my first semester of graduate school next week :D and I can't wait! Unfortunately, my schedule is going to have to change quite drastically. I have classes/study periods from until 5:30 in the afternoon with a break for lunch. This is where it gets tricky. After my last class ends, I have a 25 minute commute to work, where I'll be from 6-9 without a break. So my plan for now is to eat dinner the minute I get home around 9:30 and be in bed within 45 minutes of that (I workout early in the morning, around 6).

I can't see a way around eating right before bed. I could stay up later, but then I wouldn't be getting enough sleep. I can't push my workouts to later in the day because there's honestly not time. If I can squeeze a 15 minute break in at work, I'll do my best Hoover impression and just eat what I can, but I don't know that I'll be able to do that.

So what say you, Whole30 community/mods? Is eating so close to bed a bad idea?

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I think most people find that they feel better and sleep better if they leave a couple of hours between their last meal and going to bed. Maybe the mods or someone more knowledgeable can give you some reasons for this. Is there anyway that you can eat at least a hearty snack if not a small meal during your 25 minute commute? That way you could have just a snack when you get home.

Good for you for planning this all out and sticking to it despite a really busy schedule!!!

Good luck!

Tami

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Thanks! The 25 minute commute is a 25 minute walk (this campus is huge and there's a ton of construction), so eating then isn't going to work.

I just wanted to make sure that I won't be breaking any rules and need to start my Whole30 over again :)

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I eat about a half hour before bed nearly every nigh- though just a snack, not a meal. I'm nursing and I find if I don't I wake up around 4 am famished and have to make myself a snack.

I haven't noticed any disruption in my sleep from it. In fact, I'm sleeping better than ever since starting the Whole 30 despite the late night snack.

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