Midnight Snaking Bad For Brain: Study

By on December 29, 2015

A new scientific study showed that eating in the times when people usually sleep can negatively impact hippocampus where memories are saved.

The study done on mice was published in the journal e-life. Several mice, which instinctively sleep during the day and eat at night were placed in a different environment and given an electric shock. When they were returned to the original environment, the mice which at during the day were less reactive than those which ate normally, at night.

The mice which ate normally showed a ”feared” response, showing that they still remember the electric shock.

Scientists  believe that those which ate abnormally, during the day might have reduced the level of a protein called CREB, the protein that helps brain to form memories.

Dawn Loh, the lead author of the research, said that her team “providedthe first evidence that taking regular meals at the wrong time of day has far-reaching effects for learning and memory.”

Since many people find themselves working or playing during times when they’d normally be asleep, it is important to know that this could dull some of the functions of the brain, she said.

Although there was no practical study on humans, the research however indicates that midnight eating habits may impact the brain in humans too.

Professor Christopher Colwell from UCLA said: ‘Modern schedules can lead us to eat around the clock so it is important to understand how the timing of food can impact cogitation.

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