Late-Night Meals May Interfere With Memory, Research Suggests

By: Tanya Lewis
Published: 11/25/2014 08:45 AM EST on LiveScience

The hectic pace of modern life means that people are often eating at odd times of the day and night, and these shifted schedules could be taking a toll on memory, new research suggests.

A study in mice found that eating during times of day when one would normally be sleeping impaired the animals’ memory for objects they had seen, even when the rats got the same amount of sleep as mice on a normal eating and sleeping schedule.

Humans, like many animals, have internal clocks aligned to the daily cycles of light and dark, called circadian rhythms. Yet in today’s society, these rhythms are becoming more and more disrupted, study co-author Christopher Colwell, of the University of California, Los Angeles, told reporters last week at the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C. [Top 10 Spooky Sleep Disorders]

“Since so many of us are showing disruption in our sleep-wake cycle, we’re wondering if we could use the timing of food as a countermeasure,” Colwell said.

Shifted schedules

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