In the study, individuals who ate their last meal of the day at 10 p.m. rather than 6 p.m. burned less fat overnight. They also had higher blood sugar levels.
The study found that people who take the medications at night are almost half as likely to experience or die from heart attacks, strokes, heart failure or other heart or blood vessel conditions as people who take them in the morning.
“This will help us design feeding regimes to reduce the risk of developing health problems such as obesity and cardiovascular disease in people with disturbed circadian rhythms,” said the study’s senior author.
“Our results highlight that morning-types may be particularly vulnerable to failures in executive control in the later evening,” researchers conclude.
“The ticking of the bodyclock,” science writer Jessa Gamble reports, “can help us fight cancer, safeguard our hearts, time our meals, and enhance our intelligence.”
“Our data suggest that vulnerable people might benefit from avoiding sudden changes in their biologic rhythms,” note the authors of one study.
Chronobiology is the study of the body’s internal biological rhythms and their effect on health. That includes, of course, sleep patterns.
The moon’s cycles may have an impact on human sleep behavior.