After an extremely long and strenuous day, there is nothing quite like getting to relax and enjoy a delicious and satisfying dinner. However, inconsistent work schedules and busy lives can make getting to do this nearly impossible. People eat this meal at all different times or may not even eat it at all. This leaves one specific question; is there a certain time we should be eating dinner?
Optimal Times to Eat Dinner
The most important thing about determining the best time to eat dinner is figuring out how much time you have to digest before going to sleep. According to dieticians, dinner should be consumed at least three hours before falling asleep. Eating this meal at a relatively early time allows your body the necessary time to properly and fully digest your meal. By eating dinner closer to the time you fall asleep, excess calories in your stomach will be stored as fat. Having a late dinner can also increase your blood sugar and insulin, which can make it harder for you to fall asleep.
Based on research, the best time to eat dinner is between 5 and 6 pm. With this timeframe in mind, most people with a normal schedule will have a few hours between the end of their meal and bedtime. It will also give people the perfect amount of time after their lunch has been consumed to eat again.
Reasons to Eat Dinner Early
According to a recent article from EatingWell, there are a few reasons why eating dinner at an earlier time can be the best option for you. Aside from saving on the early-bird special, eating an early dinner can lead to weight loss, better sleep, and an overall healthier lifestyle.
However, eating earlier won’t matter unless you are eating well. For example, eating chocolate cake for dinner every day, regardless of what time you chow down, is probably not a good idea.
Reasons to Eat Dinner Late
According to a recent article from Livestrong.com, there could be some surprising health benefits to eating late. By eating a light meal closer to bedtime, you can improve your body’s overnight muscle synthesis, increase your metabolism so you’re ready to take on the morning, improve your appetite when you first get up, and, believe it or not, also help you sleep better.
If you plan on eating late or right before bedtime, just keep it light. If you eat something heavy or unhealthy, the health benefits mentioned above won’t really take effect.
Eat Early or Late at Kevin’s!
If you can’t curb your hunger until later or are the type of person who can’t eat right after work, Kevin’s Bar & Restaurant is the place for you! We are open from 5 to 10 pm, Monday through Saturday. You can make reservations online or by phone: 570-285-3071. We look forward to serving you!