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Late-night snacking may actually make you grumpy at work, say scientists

Apr 10, 2021 18:36 IST | By Editorji News Desk

Most of us know that unhealthy snacking late at night can lead to bloating and other health problems. Now, researchers have found that the practice can hamper your performance at work as well! 

A study by US scientists shows that late-night binging can make a person less helpful and more withdrawn at work the very next day. 

"For the first time, we have shown that healthy eating immediately affects our workplace behaviours and performance," the lead author of the study exclaims. 

For the study, unhealthy eating was defined as indulging in junk foods, drinking alcohol late at night or overeating close to bedtime. Interestingly, when people reported unhealthy eating, they were also more likely to report emotional strains the next morning - such as feeling guilty or ashamed about their diet choices.

While their study focused on only evening diets, the researchers say it would be intriguing to study how other elements of diet such as sugar or caffeine, will impact productivity at work.