Fasting begins with eating sahur so that it can resist hunger and thirst until the Maghrib call to prayer reverberates. However, having to get up early in the morning, many people choose to go straight to bed after dawn so they don't get sleepy while on the move all day.
Unfortunately, many also don't realize how dangerous this habit is. Sleeping immediately after eating can have a negative impact on the health of the body in the long run. What are the negative effects? Let's follow the explanation below.
You can't go to bed immediately after eating
After the food enters the stomach, the stomach will digest it into food extracts which are then absorbed by the body to become energy. Our digestive system needs at least 2 hours to process food until it becomes a food essence.
This digestion process requires a small amount of blood supply. So actually we are not recommended for heavy activity after eating which requires a lot of blood supply too, for example exercise.
But this is not a reason for you to go straight to bed. During your sleep, almost all body functions are temporarily turned off except for the work of the heart, brain, and lungs. So, sleeping after eating will not give enough time for the digestive system to work to break down food. Finally, the food is buried in vain in the stomach.
Negative effects go straight to sleep after dawn
1. Hoarding fat
A study reported that the habit of going straight to sleep after dawn by people of obese families can double the risk of obesity.
This is because the food that enters the stomach is not directly digested by the stomach when you fall asleep. The calories from these foods will actually be stored as fat. Especially if your Sahur food is high in carbohydrates, fat, and all fried.
Jeremy Barnes, professor at Southeast Missouri State University, explains that as long as we sleep, the brain actually stimulates the stomach to increase the levels of the hormone grehlin which makes us feel more hungry when we wake up.
Those of you who have heartburn should avoid sleeping habits after dawn. Sleeping after eating makes your digestive system difficult to digest the food that enters. This will cause problems in your digestive system, one of which is increased stomach acid.
If the food is not properly digested, the stomach will automatically increase the production of stomach acid to speed up the process. When you sleep, gravity will loosen the stomach valve, causing stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus in the stomach.
Gastric acid can erode the lining of the esophagus and cause sores in the esophagus. This can cause stomach aches, heartburn, and painful heat sensations such as burning in the chest to the throat.
3. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or gastric acid reflux
When the amount of stomach acid produced is too much and continues to occur, heartburn can develop into GERD) gastroesophageal reflux disease) or gastric acid reflux.
GERD is a continuation of rising stomach acid which often occurs at least more than twice per week. GERD occurs because the separating valve between the stomach and throat does not close completely, allowing stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus. Gastric acid can hurt the throat, also causes various other symptoms such as:
- Heat like burning in the gut.
- Food feels rising into the esophagus.
- Acid on the back of the mouth.
- Bitter mouth.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Chest pain, especially when lying down.
4. Diarrhea or constipation
Normally, two hours after food is digested the stomach will be empty. The remaining food will move to the intestine to be compacted into feces. However, sleeping after a meal will slow down the digestive process so that the food will be too long to "keep quiet" in the stomach.
Food deposits in the stomach that don't get digested can cause digestive disorders such as diarrhea or constipation, depending on what food enters our stomach.
Sleeping after eating makes your digestive system difficult to digest food. This means that the stomach needs more blood intake to facilitate its work.
Even though the brain still needs stable blood intake even though we are asleep. This concentrated blood supply to the stomach makes the brain lack oxygen. In the long term, if this habit continues, the brain can experience a stroke.
Another theory says that the risk of stroke due to direct sleep after eating is associated with an increase in stomach acid that causes sleep apnea, which then triggers a stroke. In addition, after eating there will be changes in blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels and blood pressure which may have an impact on the risk of stroke.
The type of stroke that is associated with sleep habits after eating is an ischemic stroke that occurs due to blockages in the brain's blood vessels.
Instead of sleeping, spend time doing useful activities
The danger of sleeping after dawn cannot be underestimated. So, don't make this a habit that can harm your health.
It's better to do useful things after eating sahur, such as reciting, reading, and dhikr. Come on, keep your body healthy during this holy month!
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