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Elon Musk on JRE: Why You Should Avoid Eating Before Sleep

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Elon Musk – the legendary entrepreneur who founded Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla, and The Boring Company – just made his second appearance today on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Musk made headlines with his first appearance on JRE two years ago when he took a hit off a joint live on air, causing Tesla’s stock price to tumble. His newest appearance was less eventful but the conversation was just as interesting.

Rogan and Musk discussed a wide range of topics including COVID-19, martial arts (Musk used to train Judo, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Taekwondo), and the importance of sleep.

Why Elon Musk thinks you should avoid eating before going to bed

This may be a useful bit of advice for people: eating before you go to bed is a real bad idea and actually negatively affects your sleep. It can actually cause heartburn that you don’t know is happening. And that subtle heartburn affects your sleep because your body is horizontal while it’s digesting,” Musk said. “So if you want to improve the quality of your sleep and be healthier it’s do not eat right before you go to sleep. It’s one of the worst things you can do,” the billionaire continued.

Joe Rogan was in complete agreement. “It’s one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made. I’ve done it particularly after comedy shows, I’m starving and I’ll come home and eat. I go to bed feeling like shit and I wake up in the middle of the night going ‘uggggghhhhh’,” Rogan replied.

Elon continued by discussing the effect of eating on your sleep and then began talking about the negative effects of alcohol. “It’s going to crush your sleep and damage your esophagus. In fact, drinking and then going to sleep is one of the worst things you can do. Just try to avoid drinking and eating. Small amounts of alcohol I would suggest does not have a negative effect,” Musk said.

“I learned this quite late in life. Avoid having alcohol and avoid eating at least 2-3 hours before going to sleep and your quality of life and quality of sleep will improve. Your general health will improve a lot. It’s a big deal and I think it’s not widely known,” the Tesla CEO concluded.

Bottom line: Is Elon Musk right about sleep?

Elon Musk’s statement about alcohol and sleep echos the claims that military psychologist Dave Grossman made on the Cleared Hot podcast last week.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since I began writing for Sleepline it’s that successful people share one thing in common: they prioritize sleep. Dr. Fauci even went on record as claiming that he’s making sleep a priority during the coronavirus crisis. The late Kobe Bryant was also notorious for his unique sleep cycle that he used to achieve success in his NBA career. Every successful person cares a lot about sleep.

If you want to be successful it’s important that you make getting shuteye a priority. We wrote a guide about the steps you should follow to make sure you’re getting high quality sleep. If you read it and implement our suggestions we believe that you’ll see a noticeable improvement in the length and quality of your sleep.