Foodie Friday: Schedule Mealtimes To Regulate Your Rhythm

Research shows that following a routine of scheduled meals, exercise, and sleep may help your body’s circadian rhythm, the 24-hour clock that regulates sleeping and wakefulness. 

Studies have found that not getting enough consistent sleep and erratic mealtimes can lead to weight gain, depression, and heart or liver problems. 

Disruptions to your circadian clock, plus a genetic predisposition to certain diseases, can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and a shorter life span.

Researchers say getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night can help maintain your circadian clock. 

Aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Eat at regular times to maintain energy levels and prevent overeating later, and finish your last meal two to three hours before bedtime. 

For the average person who sleeps from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., 5:30 p.m. is when your body’s digestion of fats begins to slow. Keep this in mind before your next late-night dinner. 

 How GMC Can Help

Browse Gwinnett Medical Center’s boards on Pinterest.  You’ll find boards for soups, kid-friendly recipes, healthy dinners, brown bag lunches and more.


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