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Irregular Eating & Sleep Rhythyms

Can eating at irregular times mess up sleep rhythyms for people with chronic sleep issues?

I work from 5pm-11pm/12am a few nights a week. Rarely I may go in as early as 4pm if needed. Sometimes we get food, sometimes we don’t. It’s usually very busy. I eat most of my food/carbs post work out so I am accustomed to a huge meal in the evening.

If I eat after work, it tends to be 12am at the earliest. Sometimes 12:30 or even 1am. Nights I am NOT working I am lights out in the bed by 11pm at latest.

Falling asleep takes me a long time. I usually wake up multiple times a night. At worst, I’ll sleep a good 3 or 4 hours, wake up, and not be able to fall back asleep until early morning. Luckily I only have to get up very early on Saturdays, so usually I can still sleep from like 5am-9am…but it’s a huge waste of time and probably not the healthiest way to get sleep.

Does anyone think that eating that late at night could be a factor messing with my sleep?