Sick In the Morning? It May Be From Eating

Feeling nauseous in the morning can be the result of many different things. However, I’ve found it to be most common depending on what I’ve eaten the night before. When you wake up feeling sick to your stomach, it may not be because you’re pregnant or suffering from the flu. Sometimes it can be the result of poor eating.

Feeling Sick in the Morning

Eating poorly does more than just stack on the pounds. It can cause indigestion, which can show itself in a myriad of ways. Gas, diarrhea and even an upset stomach in the morning may be because of something you ate before going to bed.

Too Many Sweets
One problem I have quite often is feeling sick to my stomach after loading up on sweets the night before. This is especially true if I am having a good week of watching my intake and then I eat a lot of junk one day. I only bring this up because I kind of went a little hog wild on Honey Mustard Pringles with my dinner last night. Instead of measuring out servings like I should have, I wound up eating half the can.

Eating Too Much Right Before Bed
It’s always better to eat a few hours before bed time. Many experts state that loading up on foods immediately before going to sleep is bad for you on several levels. I can say with a degree of certainty that this part is true. Personally, I feel like garbage if I eat junk foods right before I hit the sack. If you gorge yourself throughout the day, you may increase your chances of being glued to the toilet as well.

How to Avoid Feeling Sick in the Morning

Although there are a lot of variables that will play into how you feel in the morning, here are a few ways you can eliminate eating as the culprit. While some of these ideas may be quite obvious, they are often overlooked. These are things that help me and they may or may not work for you. You’ll need to understand your body and find methods that are tailored for your specific physique.

Give Your Body a Chance to Digest Food
It’s best to give yourself a window of a few hours to allow the body to digest what you’ve consumed. This is because it can take up to 3.5 hours to digest foods depending on the density of the edibles. For example, if you plan on going to bed at 10:00pm, don’t eat anything after 6:30pm. If you do need a snack, make sure it’s something ultra light, like a serving of carrots.

Try to Avoid Sugars Before Bed
I know a lot of people that are affected by eating sugary goods late at night. This can cause disrupted sleeping patterns, indigestion and even participate in giving you “weird” dreams. It also increases the likelihood of stacking on fat since your body is resting without burning the calories and carbs within those goodies. A lot of health experts want you to stay away from carbs after dinner for this reason.

Monitor Your Intake throughout the Day
I’ve found that keeping an eye on my food intake throughout the day helps greatly when trying to avoid feeling sick in the morning. From overeating to loading up on sugars, it all can play a part in how you feel the next day. Have you ever heard the saying, “You are what you eat?” That statement is absolutely true, and eating garbage will make you feel like garbage.

What If Feeling Sick Doesn’t Go Away?

For me, the feeling of being sick to my stomach usually subsides within an hour or two of waking up. Once your body gets moving about and performing routine functions, you could begin to feel better over a short period of time. However, you may want to consider other explanations if you’re still feeling sick by lunch time.

It’s important to note that when I have an upset stomach in the morning, taking something like Pepto Bismol can be very helpful. I’ve also never had a bout with vomiting because of eating poorly the night before unless I have the flu or other sickness. This doesn’t mean that you won’t have such issues, but I find the experience very unlikely.

Things like sleep apnea can also cause you to feel restless and nauseous in the morning. This is another condition I have. In my case, I will actually stop breathing altogether in the middle of the night. At which point, I wake up gasping for air. I only bring this up because some experts believe this can be cause of feeling sick in the morning as well. You want want to consider this a possibility if the sick feeling doesn’t go away.

Unfortunately, there are just too many things at play to determine what exactly is causing you to feel sick in the morning. Virus, bacterial infections, lack of sleep and even the air quality within the home can cause you to feel sick in the morning. If you’ve eliminated food as a possibility, you’ll have to look closer at your health. There could be much more at work than just eating poorly the night before.

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Michael Brockbank

Michael is a work at home father who has completed a wide assortment of writing regarding various topics. Currently, he is working to achieve a weight loss goal and improve health in order to cross the state of Colorado on bicycle.

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