sleep eating and how to overcome it

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 09, 2012 at 4:57 PM

has anyone ever had the issue with what I call sleep eating? I'll wake up in the middle of the night and I'll eat whatever I can find - pretty much a binge, then I'll go straight back to sleep. When I wake up in the mornings I sometimes don't even remember doing it

Has anyone got any tips or ideas for how I can overcome this?



on August 10, 2012
at 02:40 PM

Ambien is scary stuff. Wasn't the shooter in Afghanistan (the US military guy who killed all the civilians) on Ambien at the time? My friend also had his car totaled by a guy who took some Ambien and then, while asleep, drove his car to the store. It didn't end well.



on August 10, 2012
at 05:44 AM

I can kind of vouch for that. Took Ambien once and I didn't fall asleep, but I did walk around the house and feel like I was underwater the whole time.


on August 09, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Are you taking Ambien or any other kind of sleep aid? Ambien is notorious for causing sleepwalking and sleep-eating.

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on August 09, 2012
at 05:22 PM

My husband's best friend sleep-eats and his is stress and OCD related. He even washes whatever dishes he uses without ever waking up. His diminishes when he is not living inside his own mind constantly. Look for a therapist in your area that specializes in sleep disorders and/or OCD. It has helped him immensely.



on August 10, 2012
at 02:45 AM

The kind of night eating you describe sounds like a recognized disorder: Night Eating Syndrome. Talk to your doctor and see a specialist for treatment. Looks like there are good online resources to learn more and connect with other people with the same pattern. Good luck!



on August 09, 2012
at 05:14 PM

I haven't heard any research into the mechanism that causes this, but...

I'd try to figure out what is causing the "waking" in the first place.

If it's only happening right in the middle of a night of sleep, that's a sleep problem. If it's happening before bed, afer waking up, in the middle of the day and also at 3 AM, it's not the sleep...

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