Scientists are suggesting late-night snacking and light emitted from televisions can alter a persons biorhythm leading to increased cases of obesity and diabetes.
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Bodies are biorhythmically tuned to follow the natural progression of light throughout the day. As the sun comes up in the morning, your body is triggered to wake up and eat. While night falls, your body slows most functions down as it prepares for rest.
Dr Gary Wenk from Psychology Today suggests that altering your eating cycle by eating late, or by keeping bright lights on while you sleep can affect your natural biorhythm.
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, outlining how the time of day that we consume food influences whether we convert the calories into nutrients or fat. The study suggests that if we eat late at night, outside our normal diurnal feeding cycle, we are more likely to convert our calories into fat and also impair our ability to regulate blood sugar in response to eating.
Research also suggests having a persistent bright light such as a television on throughout the night can also alter your biorhythm adding confusion to the system.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind to staying healthy and sleeping better:
- If you're up late working on the computer or winding down with some TV time, be sure to lower the screens brightness as much as possible.
- Eat breakfast first thing in the morning
- Stay healthy by eating healthy. Know your food groups.
Have other sleep aids to suggest? Offer them in the comments.
Late Night TV, Biorhythms and Obesity [Psychology Today]