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Why You Should Eat Healthy Food Before You Go To Bed

There’s actually a biological reason for the phenomenon. It doesn’t have to do with getting you out of bed with the sunrise — eat up before bed and you will be better rested by morning time.

When we don’t have the chance to eat before a meal, we make the worst possible decision, as a lot of us can’t wait to get going with the “morning rush.” However, as a scientist and teacher of science and the humanities for more than 10 years, I know that we’re not the only ones who make the mistake of putting off eating just before bed. There are also studies that show good and bad things that can come out of delaying that first meal.

Why Do You Have To Eat Before Bed?

We make the very bad choice of not eating our usual late-night meals, which leads to many bad things:

1. We wake up dehydrated and hungry in the morning, which leads to irritability and fatigue before the long day begins: studies show that those who wake up dehydrated and hungry have more social anxiety than those who don’t! A study published in Biological Psychology (2010), found that the early-morning hours (around 1 AM) are also the prime time for stress, leading to fatigue and stress during the day. This is a very worrying phenomenon for many people living in a hurry.

2. We don’t have the time to eat — we’re often too busy: Studies show that those who are busy and don’t have the time to eat an early dinner have much more stress and social anxiety then those who can have a healthy meal in the evening.

3. We eat too much and we become emotionally dependent on food and the feeling of contentment that it brings to our stomachs. You may feel that you’re fine without any meals, but it definitely won’t help your well-being.

How is this bad for you?

Well, let’s ask an animal to survive the day: An animal that eats well before it goes to sleep will be much better off then those who eat nothing but when they get up in the morning. This is because early-morning meal is one of the factors that can reduce the duration of circadian (day-night) rhythms: the body clocks are set in the morning and when our body clock gets out of synchrony with the day-night cycle, our mood is affected.

Many people are eating in the evening and this can also shorten their daily sleep-wake cycle: it can even be fatal for your child if you don’t feed him well. The best way to help your child to get sufficient sleep is to make sure that his/her sleep/wake-wake cycle is regulated. You can do so by feeding him/her with at least one large meal in the afternoon before bed: this is called the morning-evening rhythm.

A better solution is to feed your children breakfast in the morning and dinner at night when it is dark. However, if you’re still not satisfied with your feeding of your child at night, try trying to make your child eat in the evening as well, just in case you would like to see your life improving, too.

Also, if you follow the rule that a meal should be eaten between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm so that your body clock is the same as it is at the beginning of the day, you can do it with a healthy and nutritious meal — I guarantee that it will improve the quality of your sleep.

When you wake up naturally in the morning, a good example is following this rule:

4:30 am – have breakfast.

6 am – breakfast (you know that I always say, have a real breakfast).