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Sleeping After a Meal – Dangerous for your Heart?

Our daily rituals comprise a large part of our day. From waking up in the morning to going to work and commuting home, it seems that all else comes before maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Although eating right and exercise will prove to be beneficial for your heart health, there is more that must be acknowledged to ensure that you are treating your body right.

For years, researchers and late night eaters alike have looked further into the question of whether or not eating late is bad for your health. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, nighttime eating was common though it remains to be determined whether the late night eating indicated abnormal sleep patterns thus leading to wakefulness and food intake in those prone to weight gain. Be wary of unwanted weight gain which can lead to further complications such as diabetes and an increased risk of heart attack to name a few.

Daily calorie consumption, dependent on other factors, determines whether the calories will turn into body fat which is a common myth amongst health fanatics and dieters. Jonathan Ross, personal trainer and author of Abs Revealed offers a suggestion for those who choose to eat late. The last meal of the day should be consumed at least an hour or two before bedtime. If you are a night owl, go ahead and eat a snack before bed but be aware of the time. He also suggests avoiding foods that are high in calories such as buttery popcorn, ice cream and alcoholic beverages.

Foods that cause drowsiness:

Do you ever wonder why you are tired after Thanksgiving? It could very well be because you have doubled your calorie intake, but what you have consumed might be the culprit. Turkey.

Tryptophan is the key ingredient to making serotonin—a chemical of the brain involved in regulating mood. Increased levels of serotonin promote relaxation and the feeling of being calm. Decreased levels are associated with depression. It’s really no wonder why people long await their annual Thanksgiving dinner. Additional foods containing tryptophan include, but are not limited to: poultry, dairy and legumes.

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