Researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health found people who eat dinner early or wait at least two hours before going to sleep have a lower risk for cancer.
The study focused on whether our meal timing could lead to a higher risk of breast or prostate cancer. It included data from more than 1,800 cases of breast and prostate cancer, as well as more than 2,000 random healthy participants.
Participants took questionnaires asking about when they ate, their sleep habits, and chronotype — basically whether they're more of a morning or evening person.
The study showed an association between eating earlier (before 9 p.m.) and a 20 percent lower risk for breast and prostate cancers compared to people who ate a late dinner (after 10 p.m.) or went to bed right after eating.