Late Night Hours=More Pounds

by Anne Bennett on May 6, 2011

New research suggests that people who stay up late at night eat more junk food and weigh more. In fact, late-night noshing can lead to an average of two pounds a month in weight gain!

A study at Northwestern University found that late sleepers eat more at dinner and after 8 p.m., eat more fast food, drink more high-calorie soft drinks and consumer fewer vegetables and fruits.

We all know that getting enough sleep is important to our overall health. Sleeping allows our circadian rhythms to stay in balance, and helps keep all sorts of metabolic and physiological systems running smoothly. Plus, I’m not as cranky when I’ve had a good night’s sleep.

These findings should come as no surprise: staying up late requires stay-awake fuel, and that usually means easy-to-grab comfort foods. Think about it: when was the last time you grabbed a handful of baby carrots when you were burning the midnight oil?

So, if when we eat is as important as what we eat, it might be a good idea to establish an eating cut-off time and give ourselves permission to hit the sack at a decent hour.

Perhaps that’s why they call it beauty sleep?

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