Eating in the middle of the night damages the brain
If eating in the middle of the night has become a habit for you, you should try to quit this habit because according to research, it may cause damage to your brain.
The latest research shows that evening food consumption and activation of the digestive system when a person should be asleep, damages the hypothalamic area of the brain and impairs learning and memory.
In experiments on mice, the scientists found that mice fed a normal sleep pattern could not recall the weak shock they received, and that their long-term memory was affected.
It has previously been shown that eating at times when sleep is usually considered is detrimental to health by raising blood sugar, which can lead to diabetes and heart problems.
According to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, the study also looked at the effects of eating at regular sleep on mental function.
Mice are nocturnal animals, so eating them at night is normal; The researchers divided the mice into two groups and allowed one group to eat at night but the other group was fed during the day.
All mice were then exposed to a new medium and given a slight shock.
The next day, the researchers placed the mice in the shocked area and found that the group, who ate normally at night, showed a fear response that indicated they were remembering the shock, but this reaction in Mice fed during the day were fewer.
The researchers wrote in a study published in the journal e-Life about the possible reason for their findings that CREB is a protein that is an important factor in the body’s internal clock and the brain’s ability to form memories, and in fact the level of this protein in mice. Who had been fed at bedtime had decreased.
“For the first time, we have evidence that regular food intake at the wrong time of day has far-reaching effects on learning and memory,” the study’s author.
According to the study, eating at unusual times also affected sleep patterns, eliminating the difference between day and night during naps and nighttime sleep, although there was no change in total sleep duration at 24 hours. In experiments on mice, their sleep duration was split into several, so that their sleep patterns changed into several short naps during the day.
Many people work or play when they usually need to sleep, so it is important to know that eating at this time can impair some of the brain’s functions.
Scientists say their findings have not been confirmed in humans, but could be important for people who stay up late, including those who work night shifts.