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Health Exchange: Finally, a bedtime snack that actually helps your muscles while you sleep

Good news: There is a late-night snack that’s actually good for you.

Consuming 30 grams of protein about 30 minutes before going to bed appears to have a positive effect on muscle quality, metabolism and overall health, according to a study published in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed British Journal of Nutrition. The study was carried out by Michael Ormsbee, associate professor of nutrition, food and exercise sciences at Florida State University, and Samantha Leyh, a former graduate student at the university.

Being overweight or obese is associated with a higher risk of dying prematurely than being a healthier weight — and the risk increases with additional pounds.

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