Ashwin Gowda, MD -  - Sleep Medicine Specialist

Texas Sleep Medicine

Ashwin Gowda, MD

Sleep Medicine Specialist located in South Austin, Austin, TX

Sleep Eating Specialist

Sleep eating is rare, but can be dangerous. If you suspect that you or a loved one are sleep eating, make an appointment at Texas Sleep Medicine in Austin, Texas for diagnosis and treatment.
    1. "Dr. Gowda is a pleasure to work with. He and his team are knowledgable and friendly."

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    1. "The staff was great, very professional and welcoming."

    2. MJ C. Yelp

    1. "I drive from Round Rock to see Dr. Gowda, and I wouldn't change it for a minute."

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Sleep Eating Q & A

What is Sleep Eating?

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.  

What Causes Sleep Eating?

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:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Severe Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Anorexia Nervosa

What are the Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Eating?  

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:

  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Lack of Appetite in the Morning
  • Stomach Pain
  • Weight Gain
  • Type II Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Sleep-Related Injuries

How is Sleep Eating Diagnosed?

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.

How is Sleep Eating Treated?

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.

Accepted Insurance Providers

We accept plans from the following providers, please contact our office to determine whether your specific plan is accepted. This list may be subject to change.

Averde Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Galaxy Healthcare PPO
Interplan Health Group PPO

Words from our patients

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    "The overnight testing was done carefully and professionally. Overall I had a very good experience."

    David T.
  • Yelp

    "TSM seemed to have a deeper understanding and broader offering of medications than any other Doc I saw, and I only wish I had started out with them"

    J. H.
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    "I've been seeing Dr. Gowda and Monique for at least 5 years, and I have only positive things to say about them."

    Margaret S.
  • Yelp

    " would definitely recommend TSM to anyone seeking treatment for Sleep Apnea or other sleep disorders. Thanks Dr. G!"

    Paz S.
Texas Sleep Medicine
1221 West Ben White Boulevard, Suite A-100
South Austin

Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-440-5757
Fax: 512-440-5858
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