According to new research, eating during the day rather than at night can lower your risk of getting anxiety and depression.
The emotional and mental health of a person may suffer when their body’s natural clock is interfered with, such as when they sleep when they should be up or vice versa.
Studies have shown that even if someone worked the night shift for years, their bodies would not entirely adjust to the schedule and they would need to switch back to their natural clock.
Even worse, the damage is anticipated to last longer the more the biological clock is tampered with.
How can we safeguard those who work in industries where staying up late is required, such as security guards, medical professionals, and firefighters?
According to estimates, these occupations employ 30% of the global workforce.
Along with melatonin, researchers are looking into light therapy as potential treatments. A different mealtime is a different hypothesis that specialists are trying.
According to Science Alert, author and neuroscientist Sarah Chellappa suggested that these discoveries might benefit people dealing with a range of mental health conditions.
According to her, their work merely adds to the body of research showing that improving sleep quality and circadian rhythms might improve mental health.
A meal at night might affect the body’s metabolism, according to experts. This may be one of the factors contributing to the higher BMI and higher waist-to-hip ratio of nocturnal employees.
Low blood sugar levels can quickly affect mood, which can then worsen illnesses like depression. As a result, scientists are now trying to determine whether skipping meals at night will improve mood problems and general wellbeing.
Eating during the day may help prevent mood vulnerabilities, however the concept is still relatively new.
“We found proof that meal timing had moderate to large effects on depression-like and anxiety-like mood levels during simulated night work,” the authors wrote.