Late Night Snacking Affects Brain Functioning: Why Going to Bed on Time is Important

Really useful info here. I hope you will take the time to read it. I have posted several times previously on the Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep. Also, see my Page on Snacking – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.




I am always interested in research that gives a fuller understanding to the basic principles of Ayurveda. Over the holidays I read about a study from the University of California that concluded that late-night snacks could negatively impact brain functioning. In the study, mice that were fed during their normal sleeping times experienced a decline in both short-term and long-term memory. The study suggested that digesting food at a time we are supposed to be asleep causes distress in the hippocampus, the area of the brain where memories are formed.

There is already evidence that eating when we normally should be sleeping can cause an increase in blood sugar levels — which can lead to diabetes and heart problems. Now we find that irregular eating habits can impact mental cognition. The University of California study revealed that the mice that were given food when they should have been sleeping had…

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