Originally Posted by Metalhead
I thought you weren't supposed to eat two hours before you go to bed?
Overnight is when growth hormones are released and your body repairs, grows, and improves. It needs protein in order to do this, so it is best to take a slow protein mixture right before bed.
Secondarily, after a period of time elapses without consuming protein (4-5 hours approx) the body enters a catabolic state where it takes aminos from the muscles in order to feed the immune system and continue repair work. Obviously this is undesirable, so it is best to take the protein close to bed time so the body spends as little time as possible in this state before breakfast.
Btw, it is not worth interrupting sleep in order to take more protein. Although this will prevent the body going catabolic, the damage from interrupting the sleep cycle is far greater than the benefits.