We've all succumbed to the temptation of late-night eating at some point or another. The occasional midnight snack may not be a big deal, but turning it into a habit can have negative long-term effects on your health and general wellbeing. There's a reason why all nutritionists, doctors, and health professionals will advise you to break the practice of eating late at night or snacking on fried and fatty foods to quell your nighttime hunger. It's possible that the habit is worse for your body than you first realized. Merely by eating, you run the risk of doing more harm to your health than just packing on the extra pounds.
Since late-night snacking has the potential to develop into an addiction and maybe into the severe eating disorder known as "Night Eating Syndrome," it may be more harmful than merely being a lousy eating habit. It is advised that we all consume the majority of our calories during this period because our bodies are more active during this time and can utilise more of the calories from meals to produce energy. You must thus be mindful of these unfavorable effects of your behavior if you are someone who is a slave to your midnight urges.
— Here are some side-effects of eating late at night that everyone must know about
1. Disturbed Sleep
People who eat late at night also have a tendency to sleep later, which can cause sleep cycles to become disrupted. Additionally, it has been discovered that some people may experience strange dreams at night as a result of eating late at night. Two Canadian psychologists conducted research on the topic of how late-night snacking impacts sleep in 2015 and found that university students who participated in late-night snacking were more likely to experience "bizarre" dreams, which may be related to the gastrointestinal discomfort produced by the snacks.
2. Poor Digestion
If you frequently get acid reflux and heartburn, you should probably reevaluate your meal schedules. These gastrointestinal problems have been related to eating a late meal because poorly digested food might lead to an overabundance of stomach acid. This is why people are frequently recommended to take a leisurely stroll rather than immediately turn in for the night after eating their final meal of the day.
3. Unhealthy Weight Gain
If you take meals at unusual times, your body's circadian rhythm (or "body clock") may become out of sync. In addition to interfering with sleep and resulting in hormone imbalances, an out-of-synch circadian cycle may also lead to weight gain. This may be related to the fact that late-night eaters frequently choose unhealthy foods. Your body's metabolism slows down and is less efficient at burning calories at night than it is during the day.
4. Increased Blood Pressure
More severe effects of a misaligned biological clock include an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Studies have linked the practice of eating later in the evening or eating dinner well past the recommended time of 7 p.m. with high blood pressure or hypertension and higher fasting blood sugar levels.
5. Poor Mental Health
Have you ever noticed how lack of sleep makes you more prone to mood changes and irritability? Eating late may have a negative effect on your mental health because it interferes with sleep. Gastric discomfort and circadian rhythm disturbances that disrupt sleep can raise the risk of sadness and anxiety.
Note: There are some straightforward steps you may take to avoid late-night munching. You can start by removing all the unhealthy snacks from your refrigerator and kitchen cabinet to completely remove the temptation. Additionally, have a hearty dinner that is healthful so that you won't feel hungry after midnight. If you are unable to break this habit, speak with a licensed nutritionist or a physician for additional specific advice.
Source: https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/mind-the-midnight-munchies-5-shocking-side-effects-of-eating-late-at-night-2013604 | https://www.healthshots.com/healthy-eating/nutrition/heres-what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-eat-your-dinner-late-at-night/amp | https://www.ndtv.com/health/does-eating-late-at-night-cause-weight-gain-other-health-hazards-of-eating-late-at-night-1925980
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