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Oh Great: Late Night Snacks Are Bad For Your Mental Health

Oh Great: Late Night Snacks Are Bad For Your Mental Health

Look, we get it. There’s nothing better than capping off a long day with a little sandwich, some leftover pizza or a few handful of potato chips. Except, well, there apparently is something better, because a new study says all that late night snacking might be tearing your emotional health up? Something that feels good for you might actually be bad? Now this is news!

Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital says that eating right before bed could boost your chances of depression by 26 percent and anxiety by 16 percent. “Our findings provide evidence for the timing of food intake as a novel strategy to potentially minimize mood vulnerability in individuals experiencing circadian misalignment,” says Frank A. J. L. Scheer, Director of the Medical Chronobiology Program in the Brigham’s Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, in a statement. “They include people engaged in shift work, experiencing jet lag or suffering from circadian rhythm disorders.”

Hmmm, so what would you rather deal with? A hungry tum tum when it’s time to turn in? Or a surprisingly higher chance of mental health disruption? Your call.

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