Published On: Tue, Dec 29th, 2015

Late night eating can affect memory and learning skills

fridge with food

fridge with food

If you repeated go into the kitchen to have some snacks or something to eat at late night can damage your memory and learning skills, revealed into a new research study and it has found that the practice can change the brain’s physiology.

The researchers of the study stated that eating at times usually kept for sleep reasons a shortage in the kind of learning and memory controlled by the hippocampal area of the brain.

The researcher, Dawn Loh, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) stated as, “We have provided the first evidence that taking regular meals at the wrong time of day has far-reaching effects for learning and memory,”

The team of the researchers experienced the capability of mice to identify a new item. Mice frequently fed throughout their sleep-time were considerably less capable of remembering the item.

Long-standing memory was also noticeably lessened, established all through a fear situation test.

Both long-term memory and the capability to identify a new item are managed by the hippocampus.

The hippocampus performs a significant task in our capability to connect senses and emotional practices with memory and our capability to organize and accumulate fresh memories.

Through a practice, nerve impulses are stimulated along particular pathways and, if we reiterate the practice, the similar pathways augment in strength.

Though, this effect was lessened when food was made accessible to mice through a six-hour window in the middle of their usual sleep time in its place of a six-hour daytime window when the mice were vigorous.

A few genes engaged in both the circadian clock and in erudition and memory are synchronized by a protein called CREB (cAMP response element-binding protein).

When CREB is less vigorous, it reduces remembrance, and may perform a role in the start of Alzheimer’s disease.

When the mice are given food at the wrong time, the whole action of CREB all through the hippocampus was considerably lessened, with the strongest effects in the day.

Nevertheless, the master pacemaker of the circadian system, the suprachiasmatic nucleus situated in the hypothalamus, is unaltered.

It directs to desynchrony amid the clocks in the diverse brain areas (misalignment), which the investigators recommend lie beneath the memory impairment.

Christopher Colwell, from UCLA, stated that “Modern schedules can lead us to eat around the clock so it is important to understand how the timing of food can impact cogitation”,

He further stated that “For the first time, we have shown that simply adjusting the time when food is made available alters the molecular clock in the hippocampus and can alter the cognitive performance of mice,”

Sleep patterns also disturb due to wrong eating times. It directed in the failure of the usual day/night dissimilarity in the quantity of sleep while the whole time spent asleep over 24 hours was not altered.

Sleep became fragmented, with the mice grabbing more short naps throughout the day and night.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.