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Are you the type of person who enjoys a midnight snack? Or do you watch TV in bed before falling asleep, at the same time munching on something? If you want to relax after a long day, it’s often more comfortable to eat in bed than it is to sit on a dining room chair. And if you spend a lot of time relaxing in your bedroom, you’re bound to eat at least some of the time you’re in there. Lots of people eat in bed, and it’s a common habit that can be hard to break. But if you’re one of the culprits, it’s important to realize that eating in bed is a bad thing to do, and here’s why you should stop.
Your Bed is for Sleeping
Every room and every piece of furniture serves a different function. They all have their own purposes, and for the most part they don’t mix. For example, you can’t take a bath in your living room, and you probably won’t put your clothes inside your television hutch. If you eat in bed, you’re forgetting that your bed is for sleeping, and you’re supposed to eat in the kitchen or dining room. When you aren’t using your bed solely for its intended purpose, you may be doing more harm than you realize.
Creating Sleep Problems
If you have trouble falling asleep at night, your habit of eating in bed may be to blame. The same goes for if you wake up frequently in the middle of the night or wake up feeling not very rested due to low quality sleep. When you eat in bed – or do anything in bed other than sleep or have sex – you’re confusing your body. When you get into bed, your body doesn’t know if it’s time to sleep or time to eat. If you intend on sleeping, you may find it difficult to fall asleep. If you were to stop eating in bed and only sleep in it, every time you crawled under the covers it would be a clear signal to your body that it’s time to sleep. This would allow you to fall asleep much easier and quicker, and get much better rest at night.
Sleeping with Food
Another reason why it’s bad to eat in bed is that you’re not the only one who might be interested in the food. When you eat in the kitchen, you properly clean up after yourself and throw crumbs and excess food away. When you eat in bed, you inevitably get crumbs on your bed and in your sheets, and you might leave the uneaten portion on your nightstand. These habits are an open invitation for bedbugs and other bugs and critters to come join you in your bed. Not to mention sleeping on crumbs can be very uncomfortable and itchy.
Your Kitchen is for Eating
It’s important for you to reclaim your bed for sleeping and return eating to the kitchen. Not only will you get better sleep and avoid bedbugs, you’ll be practicing good and healthy eating habits.
Jennifer Hawkins is a health guru and nutritionist currently doing research on the impact of consuming sunflower kernels at night as a weight management food item
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