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How healthy/unhealthy is lying down after a big meal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 23, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Every evening, I lie down on my bed for about a half hour after a large supper. I've been doing this for about two years and want to continue, but am wondering if this is good for the digestive system, especially since it is every single day.

  • How healthy/unhealthy is lying down after a large meal?

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on August 25, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Well thought out answer. Thanks.

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on August 24, 2012
at 07:04 AM

Jewish Talmud states to walk at least 4 cubits after a meal

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on August 24, 2012
at 01:46 AM

Shit! I'm never eating eggs again!

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on August 24, 2012
at 12:56 AM

did you also know that 100% of people who eat eggs -- eventually DIE!

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on August 24, 2012
at 12:51 AM

+1 for peristalsis, it's my favorite word!

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on August 24, 2012
at 12:30 AM

I know! This is why I avoid breathing. Most people who die took a last breath--obviously this is what kills!

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on August 23, 2012
at 11:46 PM

I'm the same way.

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on August 23, 2012
at 10:08 PM

that's what I would say too. Unless you're pounding carbs though- then it's probably time to move.

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on August 23, 2012
at 09:37 PM

I've heard it's not too good to lay down afterwards. Gravity, and whatnot. I'm sure if it's not uncomfortable, do it.

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A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on August 24, 2012
at 12:30 AM

I'm with the "if it feels good, do it" crowd here. Our digestive system does NOT depend on gravity, as we have something called "peristalsis" that moves things generally in one direction.

Some people get refluxy laying down right away, because the stuff is still in their stomach, and that's about the only place where gravity matters, and even then, only if you have a leaky valve that allows stuff in your stomach to go back into the esophagus.

If you look at a diagram of your guts, the intestines twist every which way, meaning stuff is going up, down, sideways, up again, back down, around in circles, etc, all the way to the end of the line.

If you're not getting reflux and heartburn, you're fine.

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on August 24, 2012
at 12:51 AM

+1 for peristalsis, it's my favorite word!

Ad369bbf19109804bbe6609f023285b1

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on August 25, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Well thought out answer. Thanks.

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on August 23, 2012
at 10:13 PM

Personally, my digestive system REFUSES to move if I'm laying down. I have to make sure I don't eat within a few hours of going to bed, or I wake up still feeling full (although my morning is regular, shall we say, so I know that I HAVE digested my food).

But I've also got digestive and metabolic issues, so my body works oddly.

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on August 23, 2012
at 11:46 PM

I'm the same way.

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on August 23, 2012
at 09:55 PM

In nature many creatures take a nap after a big meal. Seems perfectly normal / natural to me. If you're not noticing any issues I'd say don't worry about it.

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on August 23, 2012
at 10:08 PM

that's what I would say too. Unless you're pounding carbs though- then it's probably time to move.

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on August 24, 2012
at 12:01 AM

Many, many people have died while lying down, I never risk it.

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on August 24, 2012
at 12:30 AM

I know! This is why I avoid breathing. Most people who die took a last breath--obviously this is what kills!

20bff9cbbddf521bac87b434981502c3

(275)

on August 24, 2012
at 12:56 AM

did you also know that 100% of people who eat eggs -- eventually DIE!

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on August 24, 2012
at 01:46 AM

Shit! I'm never eating eggs again!

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on August 24, 2012
at 12:54 AM

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I don't have an opinion or knowledge one way or another, so won't attempt to answer whether or not it is "healthy", but will share my observation that if I lie down to go to bed within 1-2 hours of a meal, that no matter the size of the meal sometimes my stomach / intestines can be rather vocal and it makes for much good-natured teasing from my boyfriend :)

Note that it's all bark, no bite.

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on August 23, 2012
at 10:18 PM

I've heard of an old chinese saying that says basically something like walk 99 steps after a meal and live to be 100.

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on August 24, 2012
at 07:04 AM

Jewish Talmud states to walk at least 4 cubits after a meal

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