According to the Mayo Clinic, eating during the day can help lower the risk of depression and anxiety. Research shows that whole-grain and complex carbohydrates increase serotonin levels in the brain. Protein at breakfast also helps keep the blood sugar levels stable. People who suffer from anxiety are also encouraged to avoid caffeine and alcohol. In addition, excessive dehydration may trigger mood swings.
Researchers found that eating during the day may reduce the risk of anxiety and depression by about 20%. In a study published in the Journal of Biological Rhythms, eating during the daytime significantly reduced the risk of depression and anxiety. This effect was most pronounced in people who were more likely to have a circadian misalignment.