Ways to get rid of night eating syndrome

Did you get up in between your sleep to eat?

Do you find it difficult to sleep and feel that only eating will help you sleep better?

If the answer is yes, then you may have NES, “Night Eating Syndrome,” as reported by OnlyMyHealth.

The medical site added that people with night eating syndrome wake up at night to eat because they feel it will help them sleep.

And night eating syndrome is a condition that combines two main things, which is excessive eating during the night with suffering from sleep problems, a person may eat a lot of food after certain hours of the evening, and find it difficult to sleep, and he may also wake up in the middle of the night and need to bite some foods.

This causes difficulty in maintaining a healthy weight and leads to other health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

The site explained that this syndrome is common in people who suffer from depression, anxiety, obesity, or who suffer from other eating disorders such as overeating or bulimic eating disorder.

However, you should note that nocturnal eating syndrome is different from sleep-related eating disorders.

This is because people are fully awake while eating in the case of night eating syndrome, while in the case of night eating syndrome, people eat while sleeping and have difficulty remembering it the next day.

One of the symptoms of night eating syndrome is waking up between sleep to eat, as those who suffer from this disorder wake up frequently during sleep, as it is difficult for them to fall asleep without eating.

They usually suffer from insomnia four or five times a week, and sometimes they wake up several times to eat at night.

Reasons for "NES":

Lack of appetite during the day

People suffer from a decrease in appetite during the day, which eventually increases at night. Many people do not want to eat anything in the morning, while some feel the same in the afternoon as well.

Eat more calories at night

People with night eating syndrome have a craving for calorie-dense foods such as carbohydrates or sugar, which causes difficulty in maintaining a healthy weight.

Also, night eating syndrome can occur more often in people with depression and anxiety, as they find it difficult to control their eating habits and end up overeating.

What are the possible causes of night eating syndrome?

Although the exact cause of night eating syndrome is not known, there are some possible answers.

Some of them are as follows:


You may have night eating syndrome if your parents or grandparents also had it.

heart rhythm disturbances

You may suffer from night eating syndrome if you suffer from a disorder of your heart rhythm, the internal body clock that controls your sleep and hunger, and there may be a hormonal imbalance where your body produces hormones that make you hungry at night rather than during the day.

People with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety can also develop night eating syndrome.

In addition, people with other eating disorders and substance abuse can also develop this syndrome.

How to get rid of night eating syndrome

And the medical site stressed that the night eating syndrome should not be underestimated because it can cause complications later, as it can lead to obesity and reduce the quality of your sleep.

You must maintain a healthy diet and avoid foods high in sugar and carbohydrates.

You should also practice good sleep habits to promote a healthy sleep cycle.

Moreover, it should not be confused with binge eating, and regular exercise during the day helps in improving the quality of sleep at night whether by taking a short walk to get enough sleep.

In addition, you should consult a doctor if you suffer from it regularly.

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