Night workers might benefit from daytime eating

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If you work the night shift, eating during the day may be beneficial to your health. A small trial discovered that persons who worked night shifts for 14 days and also ate some meals at night saw an increase in blood sugar levels, potentially increasing their chance of developing diabetes, obesity, or heart disease.

Science Advances released the study online on Dec. 3, 2021, and assigned 19 young individuals to undergo a laboratory regimen simulating night shift job hours. Half of the sample consumed some of their meals during the day and others at night, as night-shift workers frequently do. The other group consumed all meals throughout the day. The researchers discovered that those who consumed a nocturnal meal experienced an average increase of 6.4 per cent in their blood sugar level compared to their baseline level. Individuals who consumed food only during the day did not see a substantial increase in blood sugar.

This study demonstrates that rescheduling meals may assist night shift workers to avoid some of the health problems associated with working late at night. However, additional research is needed to elucidate the findings.

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