Whether you eat a full meal or just a little snack, chowing down late at night can have some weird side effects on your health. For one, eating late at night throws off your body’s natural rhythms. You probably know that annoying feeling of being uncomfortably full and not being able to fall asleep, but your circadian rhythms and many other hormones in your body are affected by the calories you ingest. Basically, the later you eat, the less your body is prepared to sleep, which can wreck your memory and efficiency for the next day.
1. It increases the risk of a heart attack
Experts have found that eating dinner after 7pm could increase the risk of suffering a heart attack . Researchers from Dokuz Eylül University assessed more than 700 adults with high blood pressure in order to find out whether different eating times made a difference to their health.
2. It makes you hungrier the next day
Eating late at night can have you feeling hungrier than usual when you wake up the next morning thanks to the insulin your pancreas releases after a meal. This in turn produces more glucose which triggers a hormone called ‘ghrelin’, responsible for triggering hunger.
3. It creates acid reflux
According to experts, eating late at night (especially heavy foods) and going to sleep shortly after is a key contributor to acid reflux. Because your stomach takes a few hours to empty after a meal, physician Jamie Koufman says when you go to sleep it allows for the acid to spill out of your still full stomach and leak into your esophagus, leading to acid reflux.
4. It can affect your memory
According to American researchers,
snacking late at night could negatively affect your memory . The study, from from the University of California, found that eating at irregular hours – such as late at night – had the potential to impact cognitive functions.