Bad For Health, Sleeping After Suhoor Can Trigger GERD
Illustration of getting ready for bed after sahur (Freepik/stockking)

JAKARTA - Suhoor is an activity before starting fasting or holding back hunger and thirst. At dawn, it is recommended that the body needs to fulfill the nutrients it needs. But that does not mean that large portions of food contain large amounts of nutrients either.

So, it is necessary to control portions and sort out foods and drinks whose nutrition can meet the body's needs all day long until breaking the fast. Well, what is often missed is the habit of sleeping after eating Suhoor.

Reporting from the Rogel Cancer Center Michigan Medicine, Monday, April 19, Mark B. Orringer, professor and chief of orthoracic surgery at the University of Michigan does not recommend lying down after eating.

For those who have experienced reflux acid, also known as GERD, it makes stomach contents back up into the esophagus. This can be experienced because the valve between the esophagus and stomach does not function properly.

Launching Pharmeasy, the body is most comfortable digesting food in an upright position. This position will make digestion easier to work.

So how long is the wait between suhoor and sleep? Since lying down after eating causes stomach contents to rise up into the esophagus and triggers GERD and digestive problems, it is advisable to wait for 2 to 3 hours.

This time allows digestion to work quite effectively and food in the stomach moves to the small intestine. Besides being able to trigger GERD or reflux acid to rise, sleep after eating also has other adverse effects on health, including sleep disturbances and weight gain.

What are the foods that fill you up and lower your risk of GERD? It is recommended to eat bananas and sweet potatoes. Other foods, as reported by Verywell Health, turkey meat contains high tryptophan.

Tryptophan is a substance that is needed to increase the body's metabolism and is processed into serotonin and melatonin. These foods can overcome the problem of sleep disorders after eating Suhoor. Meanwhile, acidic and spicy foods need to be avoided because they will greatly irritate digestion.

Apart from the recommended foods, drinks such as coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, and energy drinks need to be avoided. Because caffeine can disrupt circadian rhythms unless consumed at the right time.

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