Inverse: A study led by Sarah Chellappa, a neuroscientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, looks at how careful meal timing can mitigate some of the ill health outcomes of shift work.

Ultimately, Cheppalla and her team’s research could help workers counteract the negative health effects that are tied to the night shift, like diabetes and glucose intolerance.

“The study’s take-home message is that daytime eating, despite mistimed sleep, aligns central and peripheral rhythms and prevents glucose intolerance,” Chellappa says.

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