Good news for exercisers who get the midnight munchies
A study from Maastricht University in the Netherlands found that consuming protein-rich snacks 30 minutes before bedtime boosted muscle repair and growth than sleeping on an empty stomach.
“Exercises damages muscle tissue and, and the amino acids found in protein help fix it,” says study co-author Luc van Loon, PhD. “The rebuilding process usually slows down when you sleep because fewer amino acids are available but ingesting the nutrient counteracts this,” he added. So if you workout hard, then treat yourself with a high protein drink, yogurt, or a handful of nuts.