Current Event 2 Maggie Sweeney Essay

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In the article “Why Eating Late At Night Might Be Bad For You” the author, A.
Pawlowski, explains how eating when you should be sleeping, over a long period of time, may
disrupt learning and memory. In general 28% of Americans either eat dinner late at night or
wake up in the middle of the night to eat, although there are many negative affects of doing
this action. Christopher Cowell, a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the
University of California, performed an experiment on mice. There were two different groups of
mice, Group 1 ate a normal meal and slept at their normal time, but Group 2 could only
“munch” on food during their normal sleeping time, both groups of mice received the same
amount of sleep and food. The mice took a learning tested, this included associating a tone
with shock. It turned out that the mice who ate when they should have been sleeping were
troubled when they had to remember what they learned, they also had a hard time
recognizing a new object, and also showed major signs of change in their hippocampus, a
brain region involved in learning and memory. The continuous sleep­wake cycle is good for
your health, eating late or waking and eating can increase the risk of problems in your
hippocampus.
I believe that this statement is true. You should always work around the vital things in
life. No human can go over 3 weeks of no food without dying of starvation, but no human has
lasted no longer than eleven days without…