Sleep is not only good for having great dreams and feeling well rested in the morning.
Sleep has amazing benefits when it comes to natural appetite regulation and our healthiest nutritional metabolism.
But when we eat late at night, it can often have some unwanted effects on the sleep state.
Are you the kind of person who eats a lot of food late at night?

If so, one of the downsides of consuming a high volume of food before bed is that we miss some of the great metabolic gifts of sleep.
As you slumber at night the body shifts the bulk of its metabolic focus to the maintenance, detoxification, repair, and growth of its tissues and organs.
When you grow new muscle and bone, you do so as you sleep.
The liver, which is our primary organ of detoxification, does the bulk of its work in the late evening and early morning hours.
Sleep is not the most well publicized of our metabolic activators, nor is it the sexiest.
But if this rhythm isn’t fully honored, we pay the price.

By consuming a big meal right before bed, much of the metabolic energy that is usually spent on maintenance, detoxification, repair, and growth is necessarily rerouted into digestion.
That’s simply how the body works.
Short-term survival needs take precedence over long-term ones.
So with an excess of blood flow and metabolism focused on processing your meal as you sleep, you’ll most likely wake up feeling congested and heavy because you didn’t detoxify fully during the night.
The period between dinner and breakfast is evolution’s built-in fast.
That’s because the fasting state is the ideal biological milieu to rebuild the body.
And that’s also why breakfast is called “break-fast.” Try heading to bed instead of the fridge, enjoy a good nights sleep and end this necessary fasting period with food in the morning.
Your body will thank you for it.

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.