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Is it bad to eat late at night?

Is it bad to eat late at night?

You get stuck at work. Stuck on a train. We get it. It’s not always possible to eat at a decent hour.

It’s not great for your body to eat late though. Here’s why.

Increased hunger

The pancreas releases insulin after every meal. This in turn produces glucose, and a hunger hormone called ghrelin. Ghrelin normally resets itself between 8pm-8am, but if you’ve eaten late then the cycle is pushed back and you’ll wake hungrier.

Acid reflux

It even sounds uncomfortable. Not allowing time for your food to properly digest before bed means acid can spill from a full stomach and leak into your oesophagus (ewww).

Bad dreams

Remember the stories about eating cheese and having bad dreams? Well, eating late could contribute to those weird nights. Probably this can be attributed to having stomach cramps.

Memory issues

Studies on mice have shown that eating late can impair cognitive function. And no doubt being mice, that cheese will give them bad dreams!

Bad health

 If you’re eating late regularly, you might be making other bad health choices. Grabbing a quick snack from the kiosk before you jump on the train? Sound familiar? 

Photo by Julia Smorochinskaya on Unsplash


the author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running ultra marathons. In addition to training for her epic runs she finds time for strength training, Pilates and Yoga. .