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ill Effects of Eating Late at Night

The indispensable bustle that we as the living sapiens cannot avoid is: munching. We must chomp to survive, not live to eat. In a more conscience manner it can be said that the blokes who cannot find time for a healthy eating must soon fabricate the time to meet their illness.

Eating is perfectly fine but gluttony or eating at odd hours can lead to numerous problems. The medically certified dieticians plan out the balanced diet so that the person receives all the key nutrition in a balanced form. Apart from this, there is a time frame during which the food should be eaten to facilitate proper digestion. So, let us know what happens when we eat late at night, how can eating late at night affect our health

Effects of Eating Late at Night

ill Effects of Eating Late at Night

To supply you with the succinct in regards to this habit, the person encompasses miniature or absolutely no appetite for breakfast. Post waking up in the morning, the person skips on the initial important meal of the day. There is the absence of hunger and usually keeps on pondering over the meal that he had made an intake of the previous night. As the dusk arrives, the same person enhances the magnitude of meal intake. The half of the daily food consumption is made at the juncture of dining or after it. The snacks follow them to the couch as well. Not only this, the person also encounters several issues when it comes to falling asleep and also happens to get off the bed in the midst of the night and run in the direction of the kitchen or refrigerator. Maximum consumed nutrients are sugar, carbohydrates and starch. It is but natural that the insomniac condition is one of the ill effects of eating late at night.

Eating late at night has engendered a number of ill effects in its victims. Let us read about some of the ills effects of eating late at night:

Eating Late at Night Can Lead to Obesity

This is one of the most hazardous ill effects of late night eating. Late night eating has the potency to pull down the rate of metabolism in your body that ultimately shoots up the fat levels in the body. Eating late at night compels the person to consume high calorie foodstuff such as: ice-cream, macaroni etc. The body is unable to digest the consumed snack and therefore stores it in the form of fat. In addition to it, the level of physical activity is considerably less and with the supplementary factor of night eating, the eater tends to show higher results on the weighing scale as night eating slashes down your capacity to take a balanced diet, as more energy is taken IN and is hardly going OUT, thus ultimately contributing to the significant weight gain and then the obesity-obeying maladies.

Acid Reflux-An ill Effect of Eating Late at Night

Breakfast has to be the mammoth-sized meal of the day but late night eating tends to reverse the entire thing, thus making the body a great backup for several sickness bugs. Late night eating fabricates such dynamics that the night meals turn out to be the colossal repast of the day. Since the stomach takes some time to vacant itself after every snack but night eating initiates acid reflux in the body, making the stomach work too gradually and consuming a big chunk of the juncture to get itself unfilled. In certain cases, eating late at night may fire up the acid reflux to such a level that it may turn out to be sole cause of heart burn, acidity, GERD and this may be well followed by a good numbers of jeopardizing ailments.

ill Effects of Late Night Eating on Sleep

Sleep is something which provides peace to the disturbed brain but night eating can strike the thick barrier in your comfort zone. The biggest pitfall of late night eating is that it imposes a very pessimistic blow on the sleep cycle. Even if you sleep, you will eventually wake up in the middle and will encounter a great impediment in falling back in a sound nap. Eating late at night will spoil the methodology of digestive system which will ultimately pull down the quality of your night sleep. The lack of sleep will continue the cycle of late night eating.

Eating Late at Night Can Cause Untimely Excretion

Since night sleep exposes the digestive system to good number of deviations, it makes the person to face the urgency to visit the restroom at the odd hours of the night. Since the meal is digested at the night only, you have to ruin your sleep due to the need of excretion.

Eating Late at Night & Its Effect on Psychological Imbalance

Another disadvantage of late night eating is on the psychology of the person. Night eating involves the person eating in secrecy which makes him feel embarrassed.They are frequently attacked by the pangs of guilt and remorse. Night eating penetrates to such deeper levels in the brain of the victim that they almost fail to gather confidence in themselves. It affects the pituitary glands in the brain which makes the victim to consume food at the off hours of the night. In addition to this, night eating cuts down on the confidence of the person and also force them to eat beyond control even in the absence of hunger.

Adverse Effect of Eating Late at Night on Pregnancy

Eating late at night during pregnancy may pose peril to the unborn baby. In the worst cases, the greatest negativity of night eating on the expecting mother is that it may lead to diabetes and might also face an abortion. Night eating tends to lower the BMI of the body and if the pregnant mother has a low BMI then she will give birth to the baby whose weight is less than normal.

The above mentioned facets are the risks imposed by eating late at night. The effects will continue to expand in the event of its consistency. Eating is never an issue, provided you are not into late night eating because then the outcomes of it might not be pleasant.


  1. American Heart Association – Late-night eating linked to weight gain: https://www.heart.org/en/news/2019/05/29/late-night-eating-linked-to-weight-gain
  2. Mayo Clinic – Acid reflux: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heartburn/symptoms-causes/syc-20373223
  3. National Sleep Foundation – How late-night eating affects your sleep: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/nutrition/how-late-night-eating-affects-your-sleep
  4. Healthline – Night Eating Syndrome: https://www.healthline.com/health/eating-disorders/night-eating-syndrome
  5. American Pregnancy Association – Eating for two: https://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/eating-for-two-5202/

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:July 22, 2023

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