On average I get into bed at 10:00 PM and sleep for 7 hours per night.
(I track that and have the data.)
Some days I eat my first meal during my first 3 hours of being awake.
Most days I eat my first meal during my 4th, 5th, or 6th hour being awake.
Some day I’ll eat my first meal even later, during my 8th, 9th, or 10th hour after waking.
When, and why, do I do each?
It depends if I’m hungry.
It depends if I’m intentionally looking to give my digestive system a break.
It may depend on my availability to cook (or not).
Perhaps most importantly – and often underrated – it depends who I’ll be able to sit and eat with.
The other day I went a fair bit longer without food, past the point of when I normally eat, and I was hungry.
In that moment, it started to feel like a bit of an extended fast.
I waited for the company, and no other reason.
It made the meal 10X better.
I don’t care whether that’s labeled ‘intermittent fasting’ or not.