Do you often feel sick in the morning? Do you sometimes feel so queasy that the idea of eating breakfast is not appealing at all? I know this is very common. One of my most popular posts is called “Can’t” Eat Breakfast in the Morning? Here’s Why and it’s provided me with lots of feedback as to how and why my readers cannot eat when they wake.
Eating in the morning makes me feel queasy
We are always told that it’s important to eat a good breakfast but what if you can’t get anything down? There are many reasons as to why you can’t eat breakfast in the morning and the good news is, most of them are curable, and generally, there is nothing wrong with you. Let’s have a look at the 3 mains reasons that eating breakfast makes you feel sick.
Cortisol and serotonin can also make you feel queasy
Have you heard of cortisol, the “stress hormone”? “Cortisol is a necessary stress hormone designed to help you wake up in the morning and in emergencies, to cope with danger,” according to US coffee house Teeccino. “A spike in cortisol triggers the release of amino acids from the muscles, glucose from the liver, and fatty acids into the blood stream so the body can access a tremendous amount of energy.”
I have heard that many people feel queasy when they wake up suddenly – this may be due to the cortisol flooding their body. I used to work in breakfast radio, meaning that I would have to wake up at a truly ungodly hour – about 4am on 5 nights of the week. Sometimes when I would wake up, I would feel really, really nauseous. I put this down to cortisol. It would usually only happen when I had to wake up suddenly – as with an alarm clock before dawn.
“Chronic long-term exposure to stress hormones disrupts the body’s metabolism causing elevated blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and increased body fat levels due to increased appetite.”
Feel sick in the morning from low blood sugar
Have you ever suffered from low blood sugar? According to Morning Sickness Mentor, sometimes (even when you’re not pregnant) this can be a cause of nausea in the mornings.
“Your blood sugar is usually the lowest in the morning because you have gone several hours without eating while sleeping. So when waking some people experience the full effects of low blood sugar.”
Here are some of the symptoms: Shakiness, sweating, nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, headache; and even your stomach rumbling.
If you suffer from low blood sugar then take small sips of a sweet, natural drink such as fresh orange juice about 20 minutes after you wake up. Don’t gulp and drink the OJ before you drink any coffee or tea. If you don’t like juice then substitute this for a hot, sweet tea, preferably caffeine free.
Feel sick in the morning because of acid reflux
MSM also says that feeling sick in the morning, “can be triggered by eating a meal too late and then lying down and sleeping before your meal has time to digest. You can combat this by taking acid reflux medication and/or eating early enough that your meal is digested before bed.”
Food in the morning makes me feel nauseous: What to do:
If you are experiencing nausea in the morning, don’t be too concerned. Here are a few (safe) tips to try. Remember that consistency is the key – you can’t just try these for 2 days and say “I am done” – you need to apply them over time, and consistently.
7 tips to stop nausea in the morning
- Have a regular wake up time
- Try to wake (and go to bed) at a reasonable hour
- Have a light dinner only (no heavy carbs)
- Make breakfast a routine
- Find breakfast foods you enjoy
- Wait 20 minutes before attempting to eat
- Try lemon water in the morning