We have all done it – got really peckish late in the evening or at night and given in to the urge to eat. Midnight snacks, in particular, are not that uncommon.
According to new research though, it’s not a very good idea – not just because of the detrimental effects it can have on our health, but also because of its negative impact on our body clock, sleep, etc.
Late night eating and its effects on our health
According to the research (a Medical Research Council study published in the journal Cell), eating late at night impacts our health in quite a few ways, namely:
- It disrupts our body clock
- Causes insulin to be released at the wrong time of the day
- Affects blood pressure
- Affects hormone levels
- Disrupts sleep patterns
- Weakens our immune system
Eating late is bad for our health
The MRC study found strong links between eating late at night and increased risks of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes.
One of the lead researchers, Dr. Bechtold, had this to say, “We already know that modern society poses many challenges to our health and wellbeing – things that are viewed as commonplace, such as shift-work, sleep deprivation, and jet lag, disrupt our body clock. It is now becoming clear that circadian disruption is increasing the incidence and severity of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.”
This is yet more evidence on the importance of not eating late.
As important as sleep is, you can’t sleep well if you eat late, as this research found. What time you eat makes a big difference to your sleep schedule and quality, as well as a whole host of other health factors.
So, avoid giving in to the temptations of midnight snacks.
What do you think of this new research on how late-night eating affects your health? What has your own experiences been with late-night eating, and its impact on your sleep?
Share your thoughts, tips, and comments below.
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