Meal times can affect our mental health: Study

Researchers discovered an increase in depression and anxiety in people who eat untimely food. A new study has revealed that meal times can affect our mental health.

Meal time effects mental health Munaeems Blog February 6 2023

In a study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts, the researchers modeled the schedule of shift jobs and saw an increase in depression and anxiety in people who ate untimely meals.

“The results of the study provide evidence that there is evidence that there is a unique way to potentially reduce the mood of people suffering from internal clock disorders in our body from the damage caused by meal times,” said study co-author Frank Scheer. Such as those who work shifts and suffer from periodic sleep problems (jet lag).

Future studies in shift workers and healthy individuals are needed to determine if changes in meal times can protect against mood sensitivity, Share said in a news release. Until  then, this research brings out a new factor and that is that meal times have problems for our mood.

According to the research, in industrialized societies, up to 20 percent of employees in places like factories and hospitals work in shifts. Most of these employees  suffer from disorientation between their brain and their main ‘circadian clock’ in everyday behavior. These include sleeping hours and staying hungry and eating. These people are 25 percent to 40 percent more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.

In the study conducted by the researchers, 12 men and seven women were selected. Participants were forced to live four 28-hour days of dim light in a non-conforming environment.

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