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Sleep eating is a disorder that causes abnormal nocturnal behavior where individuals eat and drink excessively while being unconscious. This disorder can occur multiple times during periods of rest, and patients can either recall the event vaguely or have no recollection of the behavior after waking up. This sleep-related eating disorder can affect women and men of all ages, but it is more common in younger women with eating disorders. Getting treatment for sleep eating can prevent patients from ingesting potentially dangerous chemicals or inedible food that can lead to hospitalizations.
There are various contributing factors that can lead to this sleep-related eating disorder, however, patients who diet or are not getting enough nutritional value from their diet are more likely to eat during their sleep. Among some of the other risk factors for developing sleep eating disorder include:
Patients who eat during their sleep may not have a full recollection of the event upon waking up, however, there are key indicators that can signal the symptoms of the disorder. One way to determine if you are eating in your sleep is by inspecting the fridge and surround areas for food particles and food packaging upon waking up. Patients who sleep eat often leave food containers open, or will leave behind half-eaten food items on counters, refrigerators, or garbage cans. There are also physical symptoms associated with sleep eating that include:
Providing a diagnosis involves a clinical interview with the patient to assess the severity of the disorder. Other methods involve an overnight stay to analyze abnormal brain activity for sleeping patterns, and assessing other related health conditions to determine the best sleep eating treatment based on the condition and clinical profile of the patient.
An approach to sleep eating disorder treatment involves recommended sleep medications that help the patient remain asleep throughout the sleep cycle. In addition to medications, patients can undergo therapies that target stress factors that may be causing the abnormal behavior such as relaxation training, or improving poor sleep hygiene habits such as drinking alcohol before sleeping.
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