Gastrointestinal

Besides being uncomfortable and making it harder to sleep and interfering with a sexy night; why the heck does gas show up right before bedtime?

You usually have gas all during the day but do not realize it, because it is a natural thing to release farts daily. But at night it could be a buildup of your food and stress levels during the day that can cause the fermented gases to release at night.

It could be you have a food intolerance or a digestive disorder that can cause the gas buildup. For instance, gluten intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome.

Here are some reasons why this may be happening to you and some ideas on how to control it from happening.

7. Is Your Biggest Meal at Night?

Nighttime Snacking

Gas is produced as you eat and function throughout your day, and this food along with the stressors of the day gets fermented in the gastrointestinal tract. If your biggest meal is supper, it creates more gas later in the day, because it takes your meal hours to break down. This is worse if you are eating after 7 or 8 PM in the evening and then go to bed before 11 PM. You may need to arrange a change in this timing.

6. Bacteria in the Gut

Imbalanced Gut Bacteria

“Much of this gas is from the breakdown of food in your gut by bacteria and the fermenting which is a normal daily process,” says Libby Mills, a registered dietician and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. You should give it a time span of 4 to 6 hours to finish digesting its accumulation from each meal. Your metabolism slows down automatically when you go to bed, but if your digestion is not complete, you will produce more gas. To relieve this situation, you may need to consume extra digestive enzymes and probiotics before or with your meals; amino acids can also help.

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