Eating Right Before Bed May Not Be That Bad For You After All

Are you guilty of feasting on late night meals? Because you were told it would be bad for your health? No more worries according recent study published in the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health!

We’ve all been told some time in our lives that we need to quit eating our dinner two hours before bedtime. The reason given as I remember is that our bodies need this time to digest what we have eaten and to promote restful sleep and good health.

This recommendation of a two hour gap between eating and sleeping is also popular in Japan.

But a new scientific study by researchers from the Graduate School of Health Sciences at Okayama University in Japan demythed the belief that eating just before bedtime could be bad for your health and even lead to a higher risk of cancer or diabetes.

1,573 healthy middle-aged and older adults from Okayama in western Japan participated in the study conducted for two years between 2012 and 2014. Most of them were over 65 years of age and at least two thirds of the group were women. No one suffered from any aillments or diseases like diabetes or cancer when the study started.

The researchers recorded everything in the participants lifestyles including if they waited two hours after a meal before sleeping.  They observed what they weighed, what they ate, and the speed at which they ate, what they drank, if they smoked or not, and how much physical activity they had everyday.

What the researchers found out was that the two hour gap between last meal eaten and bedtime had little influence at all but it was the lifestyle of the participant during waking hours that decided if they would ed up with a disease like diabetes or cancer.

Researchers also monitored each percipients HbS1c levels which is a blood glucose indicatorin a persons body.During the study, the group of women’s blood glucose levels rose just slightly from 2012 to 2014 from 5.2 percent to 5.58 percent. 

Researchers observed that factors such as blood pressure, physical activity, excessive drinking had a high impact on HbS1c levelsand having that two hour gap period between last meal eaten and sleep was insignificant.

Researchers came to the conclusion that a balanced lifestyle was more important to good health than that two hour gap between food and sleep.

“More attention should be paid to healthy portions and food components, getting adequate sleep, and avoiding smoking, alcohol consumption, and [being] overweight, as these variables had a more profound influence on the metabolic process,” the reports states.