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The Power of Two

Tick Tock Snacks

Published February 27, 2014 9:02 AM by Eleanor Wolfram

Have you noticed that late night television viewing is now en vogue? Anything that's everything popular concerning music, fashion and movies comes on after 11:00 p.m. In fact, some of the best chef and restaurant shows are screened on late night TV.

Unfortunately we are told that in order to not gain weight we should not eat after 8:00 p.m. The rationale for this is that early eating allows for the burning off of calories before nodding off to dreamy land.

This year, my new year's resolution is to go to bed earlier, thereby reducing my midnight trips to the refrigerator. If I find myself breaking this commitment, current research regarding findings that the earth's rotation is directly linked to human metabolism will set me straight again.

The earth rotational studies state that the circadian rhythms of our physiology and biochemistry reflect the daily cycles of the planet. It is theorized that diabetes, obesity and heart disease could occur when humans fall out of sync with these earth 24 hour sleep/wake cycles.

We know from sleep studies that depression and other ailments are also more common among people who don't have normal sleep habits. Could altered patterns of food consumption occurring at strange night hours also play adverse roles in the smooth functioning of physiological states?

Historically, daylight hours are the dictated the time of for eating, so it only seems logical that midnight snacking is maladapted eating. Opposing these allotted time-fames for feeding may challenge our bodies' normal cycles and according to research may lead to unhealthy consequences.

So, while late night television is all the rage now, I thinking of dusting off the old video tape recorder; taping the shows to watch when the sun is high is the sky; and the snacking when the earth's daytime rhythm is saying to me "Eat, eat, eat."

posted by Eleanor Wolfram

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