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A 26-year-old male asked about a 28-year-old female:

I want to know after how many min or hour can sleep after meals ? lunch equals simple breakfast or light dinner ?

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Dr. James Budd
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Let stomach empty...: Our stomachs empty at different rates, depending upon our physiology and the nature of the meal eaten. Fatty meals tend to slow down stomach emptying. Diabetics may also have slower emptying. The main issue with sleeping after a meal is suffering backing up of stomach contents if the stomach has not emptied. Rule of thumb -- give 2-3 hours for emptying, or elevate upper body upon retiring.

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Last updated Sep 21, 2020

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