The Surprising Benefits of Sleeping on the Floor

Benefits of Sleeping on the Floor

You might not know, but some people never sleep in the bed. That’s right. History says some civilizations never used a bed to rest. In fact, some even slept on a sitting position or on horses while they were moving.

Today, people are actually quite spoiled by all kinds of leisure available.  Thanks to the improved quality of life that was due to today’s advanced knowledge. It’s also because of the fact that after long hours of work, people crave the comfort of mattresses and pillows.

Unlike how people sleep in the past, it’s rare to find a house without a mattress. Whether it’s a simple or fancy one, almost everyone has a mattress to sleep on. It’s what helps them sleep better at night. But can you be sure it’s actually the best way to sleep?

As mentioned before, people used to sleep on the ground. They sleep on soft materials piled together. They slept on the ground itself. The ground or the floor is the humans’ first sleeping surface. On that note, you may be wondering, “Could it be how we’re actually meant to sleep?”

Bed on the floor

Is Sleeping on the Floor Good for Your Health?

There are both negative and positive effects of sleeping on the floor. Whether it is good for your health, especially for your back, depends on you. Consider them and decide which one outweighs the other. But back to the main question, is it actually good for you?

In this age, people live a life of over cushioning. When at work or watching TV in the living room, you sit on cushioned chairs or sofa. At night, you sleep on a mattress. All these cushions are making your body soft.

But in sleeping on the floor without a mattress, you can sleep better. You will be able to achieve a deeper, better quality of sleep. When you wake up, you feel good. It’s because there is no longer a mattress restricting the body‘s natural turning.

Good for the Back and Posture

What causes the pains and aches you feel after waking up? The reason behind your back pain is you were not moving for hours. The effect of sleeping on the floor to your back is enormous. It can help with back pain in your posture, keeping it straight and sore-free.

No More Soreness and Wake Up Energized

If you ask people who usually slept on the floor, back and leg pain one of the issues they no longer experience. That’s because sleeping on the ground helps your body alignment in so many ways. While some mattresses can also help with this, you can end up sinking in your soft bed.

This results to your alignment being out of whack. That’s not the case with the floor. Your body stays in line thanks to the hard surface. There is no sinking sensation. Since your body has great alignment, you can say goodbye to the pain you usually experience.

More than helping your back, science backs up the claim that sleeping on the floor keeps you well rested. You are able to get the right quality of sleep. At the same time, it isn’t too comfortable that you’d want to sleep in. With that, you can avoid feeling sore and wake up more energized.

How to Sleep with your Eyes Open

How to sleep with open eyes

Want to fall asleep with your eyes open and catch a few extra minutes of sleep in class or a boring meeting?

Unfortunately…

humans are unable to sleep with their eyes open – unless they are suffering from Nocturnal Lagophtahlmos! That means your boss (or teacher) will know when you try to sleep the day away!

Boy sleeping on bed

Can humans sleep with their eyes open?

Nope! Humans are physically unable to sleep with their eyes open (unless suffering from a rare disease).

Next time your buddy tells you how he slept with his eyes open remind them they were likely just in a deep relaxation.

You might not be able to sleep with your eyes open by experienced mediators claim to get the same restful benefits of sleep while meditating with their eyes open!

10 Ways to Sleep with Open Eyes

Deep Meditation

Deep meditations are a fun and relaxing way to relax your body and mind. There are many great guided meditations on Youtube. These peaceful recordings have audio and video that will help your disengage from your busy life in only a few minutes! Best of all – they are on Youtube so they work on your PC, Mac or Phone!

Sunglasses and a Hat

Need to catch some shut in a company meeting or class? Since sleeping with your eyes open is impossible your best bet is sunglasses or a hat. Of course, this look might be possible to pull off in college but will get you sent to HR if you try it in the office!

Cover your Face

Stuck in a boring business meeting after staying up all night? Try covering your face (especially your eyes) with your hands. Shielding your eyes while holding a pen and pretending to take notes is an age old way of getting some extra sleep. Just don’t get caught!

Dim the Lights

Sleeping with the lights on is no fun! If you need to sleep with your eyes open try dimming the lights and shutting the curtains. Florescent light and sunlight both make it harder for us to rest!

Use Earplugs

Loud noises can quickly disrupt your meditations and bring you back to the real world. If you are constantly distracted or disrupted by noise try using a pair of in ear earplugs to find silence while you rest!

Rest your Head

Ever tried sleeping without a pillow? It is something you will only try once!

Try finding a comfortable position to rest your head using your arm, a jacket or part of your chair (just don’t get caught sleeping)!

Half Close your Eyes

Since humans can’t keep their eyes 100% open while sleeping the next best thing is partially open!

Instead of trying to do the impossible and sleep with your eyes open give into temptation and try partially closing your eyes. Just make sure not to fall asleep!

Partially closing your eyes will block light and start preparing your body for sleep!

Try Guided Imagery

Guided imagery, like deep meditation, is not for everyone but can be very effective. If you are able to lie in bed and listen to a recording walking you through various relaxing states than guided imagery might be for you!

Use a Sleep Mask

Need to block all the light and be distraction free? There is no better way than by strapping on a sleep mask! Don’t worry, they are more comfortable than they look and you won’t even notice it is there after 3 nights.

Hold a book or newspaper

Steal a scene right out of the movies and hold a book, newspaper or tablet in front of your face! It might seem silly but if it works it works!

Man sleeping on the couch

What is Nocturnal Lagophthalmos

Nocturnal Lagophtahamos is defined as the inability to close your eyes during sleep. So technically it is not the ability to sleep with your eyes open but it is as close as it gets!.

Causes and symptoms vary for Nocturnal Lagophthalmos. While sleeping with your eyes open might sound great it is not the super power you might think! For some it can have serious side effects that can damage the eyes or make day to day life a struggle!

People with Nocturnal Lagophthalmos often have dry, irritated eyes which can lead to corneal ulcers and other eye problems after long periods of time!

The easiest way to tell if someone has Nocturnal Lagophthalmos is to ask them to look straight down and close their eyes. If a gap remains between the eyelids it might be time to see a doctor!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Sleeping with One Eye Open mean?

Can dogs sleep with their eyes open?

What animals sleep with their eyes open?

Luxor Linens Sheets Review

Luxor Linen Review

Who does not love to crawl into soft sheets at night?

We love Egyptian Cotton, I can’t seem to get a good night of sleep on low thread count sheets!

Any time I have to sleep at a hotel or on the couch I wake up feeling sweaty, with rough skin! My personal favorite sheets are the Valentino 1200 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sheets from Luxor Linens.

Luxor Linens is famous for their monogrammed ultra soft linens and bedding. In fact, they make many sheet varieties that have been on Today, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Elle, Access Hollywood and InStyle!

Lets check out some of the best sheets from Luxor Linens!

Sheet Set

Thread Count

Sizes

Colors

Price

1200

Twin XL
Full
Queen
King
California King
Olympic Queen
Split-King

Black
Blue
Chocolate
Gold
Ivory
Navy
Sage
Taupe
White
Wine

300

Twin
Full
Queen
King
California King

Beige
Charcoal
Chocolate
Gold
Ivory
Navy
Plum
Pearl White
Sage
Sky
Taupe
Wine

Linen

Queen
King

Flax
Ivory
White

600

Twin
Twin XL
Full
Queen
King
California King
Olympic Queen
Split-King

Beige
Chocolate
Gold
Ivory
Lavender
Sage
Taupe
White
Wine

Valentino 1200 Review

Valentino Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Our family loves the Valentino 1200 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton sheets. If they are dirty and not on the bed I am sure to get an earful before bed!

The 1200 thread count means they are as soft as silk, without crossing the line. After my nightly shower I can slide right into bed. The Egyptian Cotton sheets are always cool to the touch and the heavy material provides a nice layer of extra padding above the mattress.

Valentino Egyptian Cotton SheetsAvailable Sizes

Twin XL, Full, Queen, California King, Olympic Queen

Available Colors

Pros

  • Made from 1200 thread count, 100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton
  • Custom monogramming and gift wrapping available
  • Rest easy with a 30 day guarantee
  • Machine washable
  • Dryer safe
  • Custom sizes and tailoring available on request including for boats, yachts and jet skis!

Cons

  • 1200 thread count might not be enough for sensitive sleepers
  • Can get wrinkly if left in the dryer (make sure to use a dryer sheet)

Paola Italian Linen Sheets Review

Paola Sheets from Luxor Linens

For some people 1200 thread count sheets just are not enough.

Sound like you?

Then throw away those old rags you call sheets and order Paola Italian Linen Sheets from Luxor Linens.

Paola SheetsThese sheets are handmade out of 100% linen. When sleeping you feel like you are sleeping on a padding of soft towels! Scientists at the University of Milan have found you get better, deeper sleep when laying on linen!

Have allergies? No problem!

The Paola Italian Linen Sheets are hypoallergenic so need to worry about pollen, dander or dust if you or a loved one has a sensitive nose!

The thing I love best about linen sheets is that they naturally wick away moisture, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter!

Pros:

  • Handmade in Italy
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Moisture Wicking
  • Proven to help sleep better
  • Personalization with Signature Monogramming
  • Available in all sizes

Cons:

  • Don’t take out of the dryer to early!

Caterina 600 Egyptian Cotton Sheets Review

Caterina Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Your kids deserve nice sheets, but lets face it. They will need replacing in a few months. Our pick for best Egyptian Cotton Sheets for kids are the Caterina 600 from Luxor Linens.

These sheets are machine washable and dryer safe so you can just throw them in with all the other laundry when they get dirty!

Caterina Egyptian Cotton SheetsAt 600 thread count they may feel a bit rough, but your kids won’t even notice after a long day of adventure.

Pros:

  • Made in Italy from 100% organic Egyptian Cotton
  • Safe to use in your washer and dryer
  • 30 night free trial
  • Fits most common mattresses sizes
  • Elastic band for a tight fit that won’t come up at night
  • Matching duvet and pillow cases available

Cons:

  • May be rough on light sleepers

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What is the VOAT Procedure for Sleep Apnea?

Have sleep problems due to sleep apnea and not seeing results with a CPAP machine? Check out the VOAT procedure for sleep apnea as an exciting new treatment and start getting a better night sleep!

What does VOAT stand for?

VOAT stands for Ventral Only Ablation of Tongue and is a common outpatient procedure for treating sleep apnea.

What is the VOAT Procedure?

The VOAT Procedure, also called Ventral Only Ablation of Tongue, is a treatment for sleep apnea that uses Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the tongue to reduce tissue size and improve sleep.

In the procedure the tongue tissue is heated using high frequency radio waves which cause the nerves in the area to heat, then reduce sensitivity and pain. As a result patients have less sensitivity and tissue due to scarring.

Voat Procedure Side Effects

The VOAT procedure has few side effects but does require the use of general anesthesia, but don’t worry! The procedure only takes a few minutes and you will be back on your feet at home the next day.

One rare side effect of the VOAT procedure is change in voice. This happens when the hypoglossal nerve is injured during the procedure. This nerve is responsible for tongue motion and can affect pronunciation and pitch. Don’t worry! This side effect usually fades over the course of a few days!

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How does the VOAT Procedure help?

The VOAT Procedure helps people with sleep apnea get a better night sleep by desensitizing and removing tissue from the tongue, near the back of the throat. This helps reduce breathing and snoring problems at night by reducing friction in the back of the throat and upper passage.

Are there any side effects to the VOAT Procedure?

There are few side effects and risks to the VOAT Procedure. The most common side effects are bruising, infection, numbness and voice change. Most of the complications can be avoided by using ice, Advil and getting plenty of rest after your procedure.

After the procedure many people feel nausea, light headed and constipated due to the anesthesia but these effects wear off in a few hours!

Does the VOAT procedure hurt?

The VOAT procedure does not hurt as you will be under general anesthesia during the procedure. Most people do not feel any pain or lasting side effects from the VOAT procedure however doctors typically recommend over the counter pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol, an ice pack and getting some rest. You might want to try using an eye mask for better sleep!

It is important to avoid smoking, using mouthwash and drinking alcohol before and after the procedure to avoid side effects and complications.  

Most doctors will schedule a post op appointment about 2 weeks after the procedure to review results and check on your health.

How much does the Voat Procedure cost?

Estimating the cost of any medical procedure is difficult as there are many factors that impact the total cost. Most estimated cost for the Voat procedure put the cost between $500 to $1000 out of pocket, or between $12,000 to as much has $500,000! For more information and an accurate cost estimate talk with your sleep doctor and surgeon about your overall health!

How to Clean a Mattress

How to Clean a Mattress

We spend about 1/3 of our time sleeping on a mattress. All this time leads to a build up of dead skin, hair, sweat, dust and other bodily fluids on our mattresses! Just washing your sheets is not enough, it is important to clean your mattress as well as the sheets!

But how do you clean a mattress? Especially if it has stains, urine, blood, sweat or vomit stains?

Cleaning your mattress is actually easier than you think, and you probably have all the cleaning supplies in the closet!

Step by Step Instructions

Before you start cleaning your mattress, wash the sheets, blankets, pillow cases and pillows. Double check the settings on any comforters and pillows to prevent shrinkage!

1. Start with the Vacuum

Start cleaning your mattress with a good vacuuming. Any vacuums will work for cleaning your mattress. We recommend something that is small and handheld, with extensions that reach into ALL the cracks and crevices.

Large vacuums will work too but your might look a bit silly using it!

Make sure to get all parts of the mattress, including the sides for best results.

White mattress and sheets after cleaning

2. Deodorize with Baking Soda

Mattresses begin to smell over time, especially if you sweat at night (or sleep with a dog that wets the bed). Deodorize your mattress by sprinkling baking soda over the entire mattress then gently rubbing it in with a brush, letting the baking soda sit for 5 minutes.

If you are having trouble getting an even spread grab a shaker from the kitchen.

After letting the baking soda sit 5 to 10 minutes pick it up using your vacuum. The baking soda absorbs moisture, oils and other odor causing particles that are stuck in the fabric.

3. Remove Mattress Stains

After removing dirt and smells the only thing left to clean is the stains. Sweat, blood, urine, drinks and other stains build up over time and can be difficult to remove.

Removing Blood from a Mattress

Ever have a scab open up at night and wake up to a bloody mattress? Small cuts can produce a surprising amount of blood that gets all over your bed.

Start cleaning the dried blood by making a paste of 1/4 hydrogen peroxide plus 1 tbsp of dish soap and 1 tbsp of table salt. Spread the mixture onto stains using an old hand towel and let it dry before removing with a dry cloth. Blood is tough to remove and might need a few rounds of paste!

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Cleaning Urine

Urine is one of the most commonly found mattress stains. Removal is difficult, but not impossible once it had set and dried. For best results always try to clean urine (or any other liquid) while it is wet!

Start cleaning pee from the mattress that has been urinated on by mixing 3 tbsp of baking soda into 10 oz of hydrogen peroxide, then add a few drops of liquid dish soap.

Bedroom and Mattress after cleaning

Dab the mixture on the pee stain, but don’t soak the material or you risk mold and mildew growing!

If that does not remove the stain make another paste mix with laundry detergent and warm water. Apply the foamy mixture and let it sit for a least half an hour before removing with a dry cloth.

Finally, vacuum the stains to remove any particles and paste that are leftover!

Removing Sweat Stains

Is someone in your family a night sweater?

You will know once you lift the sheets!

Many people sweat at night even, in cool conditions. This extra sleep sweat might sound like calorie burning time in the gym but really it is staining your mattress! Sweat, just like pee, needs to be removed quickly before it can set in the fabric.

The best way to remove sweat stains from fabric is with a hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and soap mixture.

Just spray the sweat spots, let it soak in then lift with a dry cloth!

Without Baking Soda

No baking soda? No problem! While baking soda is one of the best mattress cleaners there is still hope if you are out of Arm & Hammer!

Our favorite way to clean a mattress without baking soda is to use warm water, dish soap and a drop of lemon essential oils! This mixture is able to lift stains and mask smells!

Nested Bean Zen Sleep Sack Review

New Mom’s quickly learn how precious sleep really is. When your bundle of love comes home reality (and your new routine) will begin!

Your first few weeks will mostly consists of:

Nested Bean Sleep SackSounds simple, right? But what if your baby does not want to sleep without your touch?

If this sounds like you don’t give up hope! The Nested Bean Zen Sack mimics the pressure and touch of a parent while soothing your baby right to sleep.

At first we wondered, Is this any better than traditional swaddling but after a few night’s of peaceful sleep we became believers!

Sleep Sack Review

When I first unboxed the Zen Sleep Sack I was not sure how it was different than a normal nighty! The first thing I always check before I use anything on my kids is how it feels. I like to make sure it is soft to the touch and won’t rough up their skin!

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The Nested Bean Sack is made of soft, 100% material that my family loves! The material is light and breathable, while still providing the warmth and comfort of swaddling. And Mom don’t worry, the cotton is safe to use in your washing machine and dryer, plus it is BPA, toxin and phthalate free.

How is it Different?

The main feature that sets the Zen Sleep Sack apart from the competition is the weighted front pad. Filled with non toxic beads, the pad is designed to feel like a mothers hand resting on the chest. Physio-therapy has shown this pressure can help newborns fall asleep faster and wake up less fussy!

Is it safe for kids?

My biggest concern before using this instead of a swaddle or blanket was safety! Is it safe to leave a weighted pad on a baby’s chest? I had breathing, pulmonary and developmental concerns!

Luckily, this wearable blanket is completely safe to use! The pad may be weight but it feels more like a hand on your chest than something you would pick up at the gym.

Toddler wearing a Nested Bean Sleep Sack

What about diaper changes?

A baby that won’t sleep plus a dirty diaper is every parents worst nightmare. When picking clothes we always think ahead about nighttime diaper changes.

Lining the bottom of the sleep sack is a two way zipper that makes diaper duty a breeze, plus it is machine washable for accidents!

Sizing

Sizing clothing for newborns is always tough! Nested Bean makes 2 sizes, one for 3 to 6 month olds and a bigger size for 6 to 12 months.

The smaller size fits children 7 to 18 pounds and 19 to 26 inches while the larger size fits 16 to 24 pounds and 26 to 30 inches!

Size

Weight

Length

Small - 3 to 6 months

7 to 18 lbs

19 to 26 in.

Large - 6 to 12 months

16 to 24 lbs

216 to 30 in.

Our Final Say

At Sleep Insider we think the Nest Bean Baby Sleep Bag is great! It can help your family get more sleep and finally have a peaceful night in as little as 3 days.

FAQ

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Can Too Much Sleep Cause Headaches?

Can Too Much Sleep Cause Headaches?

We love to sleep in on the weekend, but can too much sleep cause headaches?

Everyone knows that humans need at least 8 hours of sleep per night…

…but what if we decide to sleep in for 9, 10, 11 or even 12 hours?

Sure, getting up after lunch feels great but could it be slowing you down for the rest of the day?

Many of us try to “catch up” on lost sleep by sleeping in on Saturday the weekends! These sleep patterns can actually cause short and long term health problems like insomnia, diabetes and heart disease (as well as disrupt your circadian rhythm).

How to relieve headaches from oversleeping

Oversleep and feel a headache about to ruin the rest of the day? Relief is possible, but you need to act fast! The longer you wait can cause your headache to get worse.

Man with headache walking on street

4 Tips for Morning Headache Relief

First, drink a big glass of water. After sleeping for 8+ hours your body will be dehydrated and in serious need of some water. Put the coffee, milk and juice on hold until after your shower and start your day with some h20.

Second, take a pain reliever like Advil, Motrin or Ibuprofen to help everything get back to normal. We recommend taking it with our glass or water from step 1!

Third, eat a hearty breakfast. Your stomach is likely growling, instead of grabbing eating fast food or a pop tart try cooking a real breakfast like pancakes or bacon and eggs! Your body burns more calories than your might expect while sleeping. Sure, driving through McDonalds and getting some hash browns may be easy but you are not doing yourself any favors in the long run.

Fourth, hit the gym. Instead of sleep walking through the rest of the day go to the gym and lift some weights or run on the track. Waking your body up and getting out of the “post sleep funk” is an easy way to jump start the rest of your day.

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Potential Medical Problems from Oversleeping

Oversleeping every now and then is ok. When it becomes a habit you increase your risk of developing a number of diseases and illnesses! Healthy adults need around 8 hours of sleep per night.

If you (or a loved one) starts sleeping considerably more than this something might be wrong. Headaches, depression, heart disease, obesity and diabetes rates all increase when regularly oversleeping. Keep an eye out on your elderly relatives if they spend more time in bed than awake!

Headaches

Headaches are a common side effect of oversleeping. Scientists believe headaches are caused by misfiring neurotransmitters. Other factors like dehydration, diet and drug use can also play a large factor.

Man with a headache after drinking on a plane

Oversleeping and Drugs & Alcohol

One of the most common reasons for oversleeping is drugs and alcohol. Most of us have had too much to drink and overslept. If this becomes a habit you may want to start cutting back or finding a healthy alternative. Keeping a regular sleep schedule is good for your physical and mental health, and putting down the bottle does not hurt either!

What is too much Sleep?

Everyone needs a different amount of sleep. Some of us can function with a little as 6 hours of shut eye per night while others need at least 8 to feel good.

Many other factors can impact the amount of sleep you need like:

Oversleeping and Death!

Is it possible to die from getting too much sleep? While you are unlikely to die from chronically oversleeping your risk of death does increase!

Oversleeping is unhealthy and linked to many serious health problems like diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Help! My Baby Only Sleeps When Held

So you are a new parent and the baby is healthy and home from the hospital. Just one problem, your new baby will only sleep when help in your arms!

At first this might seem cute and even a little fun to hold your new bundle of joy while they sleep all the time, but eventually this feeling will fade!

After a few days and sleepless night of your baby sleeping on your chest you might be start wondering:

“Will my baby ever sleep without being held?”

If that sounds like you don’t worry, there is hope on the horizon!

First, lets remember your baby spent the first 9 months of it’s life in your womb. Now, they are out in the world and looking for a warm, safe place to rest and your arms are the perfect place! Plus, your child needs a warm place to sleep as much as it needs food and water.

Baby sleeping in a crib

Sleep and Oxytocin

New borns love skin contact, especially with their mothers. When humans touch they release a chemical called oxytocin.

Oxytocin is a hormone inside all mammals that makes you feel all warm inside when touched. It is the same chemical that makes your dogs ears relax when being pet!

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Potential Attachment Issues

A common question from new parents is about future attachment issues, or having “clingy” kids. No one wants to have a momma’s boy, but don’t worry!

Studies have proven that allowing your kids to sleep in your arms or bed at night is not an indicator of future behavior problems. After some time this behavior will pass, but it may take some pushing from the parents. If this sounds like your try out the steps below!

Swaddling

One of our favorite ways to get babies to start sleeping alone is to swaddle! Swaddling newborns is a practice that dates back thousands of years. Wrapping and swaddling has been proven to help them fall asleep faster and stay down longer.

To swaddle a child wrap them with a blanket, keeping their arms by their side. Make sure to have the wrap tight enough to stay put, but lose enough to breathe.

Pacifiers and Swings

Pacifiers and swings and an easy way to help newborns fall asleep without their parents. Pacifiers focus attention away from their missing parents while motion from swings can lull kids to sleep.

Use a Sleep Sack

Sleep sacks are an interesting alternative to traditional swaddling. They offer many of the same benefits like warmth and sleep benefits but allow parents the ability to change diapers without waking up the baby. We recommend buying a few sacks so you always have a clean one nearby!

Get a Comfortable Chair

Sometimes there is no way around holding a sleeping baby. Enjoy this time together and start to get to know each other in a comfortable chair (we recommend a lay-z-boy). Don’t get stuck in a kitchen chair with a sleeping baby!

Your new child will be looking, listening and smelling all the new people in their life and you will be the main person! Make sure to keep comfortable and avoid future back problems by finding yourself a good chair.

Is Sleeping after Eating Healthy?

Is sleeping after eating healthy?

Is sleeping after eating healthy?

I love to eat a meal then fall asleep, but I always seem to feel my meal sitting like a rock in my stomach.

Like anyone else I get worried about weight gain from sleeping right after eating, but it is real or another myth? Everyone knows not to go swimming for at least 30 minutes after eating, but does the same apply to sleep?

Science has proven that the key to a healthy diet is balancing calories in versus calories out. If maintaining this balance is key does it matter when extra calories get burned off? Does waiting a few days to exercise actually make my bedtime snack cause weight gain?

Family sleeping in bed after big meal

Sleeping and Digestion

After eating our stomachs begin to break down food right away. If we fall asleep shortly after a meal or snack it can cause problems with digestion! But don’t worry… For most people these are not serious medical problems and usually cause an upset stomach at worst! The human body was designed to digest food in an upright, vertical position. Laying down on a couch or under the covers in bed can throw off this balance. In some severe cases it can cause stomach acid to burn the esophagus or inner throat! Sure, crawling back into bed after a big meal may seem like a good idea but you could be causing long term damage to the inside of your stomach!

Best Sleeping Position for Digestion

The best sleep position for digestion is sitting upright, in a seated position since this is most natural. If you can’t sit upright while sleeping try laying flat on your back, with your spine as straight as possible to promote better digestion.

Sleeping and Weight Loss

Crawling into bed or falling asleep on the couch might feel great after a big meal, but if you are trying to lose (or maintain) weight this might hurt you in the long run!

Our bodies burn fewer calories while sleeping, meaning digestion ends up taking longer than normal! Instead of taking a nap try going on a short walk around the neighborhood to keep you awake and burn off some calories!

A bed with white pillows, night stand and lamp

GERD and Acid Reflux

GERD and Acid Reflux can be made worse by laying down after eating. Partially digested food and stomach acid coming up into your esophagus can be painful, plus cause long term damage and scarring. If you suffer from either of these disease make sure to stay sitting or standing for at least 30 minutes after eating, or at least try sleeping in a comfortable chair!

Why do I get tired after eating? Many people report feeling tired after eating, especially after a large meal like thanksgiving dinner! We start to feel tired after eating a large meal (like turkey and mashed potatoes) because our bodies are working hard to digest and process the sugar and carbs in our stomach! As these foods break down and digest our blood sugar rises, then rapidly falls making us feel like we have no energy left!

Staying Up and Eating Late

Everyone loves a late night snack right before bed. Some of our favorite things to eat late at night are ice cream and chocolate chip cookies! They might not be the healthiest but they sure are good!

A late night snack is ok from time to time, but don’t let it become a habit or you risk gaining weight and causing havoc with your sleep cycle!

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Sleeping after Lunch (Siestas)

Taking a short nap (or siesta as it is called in Spanish) after lunch is a nice way to freshen up and prepare for the rest of the day!

If you are taking a siesta make sure to sleep for about 30 minutes or less. Any longer and you risk falling into a deep sleep! The goal of a siesta is to take a short, refreshing break! Not to sleep the afternoon away!

Advantages

  • Take a short nap
  • Digest lunch
  • Prepare for the afternoon

Disadvantages

  • Difficult in corporate jobs
  • 30 minute delay
  • Might over sleep

Sleeping after Breakfast

Many early risers want to know if it is healthy to crawl back in bed after breakfast. The answer is it depends! If you wake up at the crack of dawn, hit the gym then come home and cook a healthy breakfast and want to take a short power nap then we say go ahead!

This is even more true if you do extreme sports like rock climbing, off road biking or are into body building!

On the other hand, if you sleep in, eat a high sugar breakfast with a side of soda going back to bed is not a healthy option!

How Much Melatonin to take for Sleep

How much melatonin for sleep

Lying in bed at night unable to sleep and wondering how much Melatonin to take for sleep? Melatonin is an all natural sleep aid that helps people and animals fall asleep, it typically comes in pill form but can also be found as a liquid and even as gummy bears.

Taking Melatonin supplements before bed is a safe, over the counter way to fall asleep faster and adjust your internal clock! Just remember to consult your doctor and don’t take this as medical advice!

How much Melatonin Should I Take?

For trying to fall asleep on a normal night the Mayo Clinic recommends take between 1mg to 10mg of Melatonin. If you are just trying to recover from jet lag a smaller does will work!

First time taking Melatonin? Start with a small amount, between .2 and 5mg depending on your body weight.

How much Melatonin is too much?

It is possible to overdose on Melatonin, while it will not be fatal you will feel groggy and have difficult focusing the next day. Taking too much will make it more difficult to fall asleep in the due to the disruption in your circadian rhythm. Many people with sleep disorders like sleep apnea and insomnia use Melatonin to get rest every night!

If you have heart problems make sure to consult your doctor before taking Melatonin as it can effect your blood pressure and sedatives, depressants, birth control and other medications!

How much Melatonin should an Adult take?

For most adults 5 mg Melatonin should provide a restful night of sleep.

How much Melatonin can I give my child?

Children can take a much smaller amount of Melatonin due to their lower body weight. For the majority of children taking between 1 and 3 mg of Melatonin should provide a full night’s rest.

Always remember to consult with your pediatrician before giving your child any sleep aid!

How much Melatonin can I give my dog?

Want your dog to fall asleep at night, before a plane ride or on a road trip? Melatonin is a safe sleep aid for dogs, a typical dose for large dogs is 3 mg, and even less for smaller breeds. Just be on the look out for any potential side effects like an upset stomach, excessive itching, confusion and high blood pressure.

What not to do

If you are taking Melatonin before bed try to avoid the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs, especially sedatives
  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Cigarettes
  • Dehydration

How to take Melatonin

Melatonin is easy to take! It can be found over the counter as a pill, gummy or even as a liquid at some drug stores. The pills are usually small and can be swallowed with a quick drink of water.

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