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undeadmerc3
Need help with Night Eating Syndrome i've been having.

I need your help. Since last year i've been taking a shower before going to bed which used to put me to sleep almost instantly when my head hit the pillow. Eventually I found a delay before falling asleep which inturn caused me to resort to eating before going to bed. This used to put me to sleep instantly, however howadays I realize that it's putting a damper on my ability to sleep. Night Eating Syndrome. As a result I find myself getting up multiple times throughout the night. Until recently, when I got up, my brain was on auto polit to get something to eat. In the last couple of days i've been taking a certain type of medication.
An anti anxiety medication that does help prevent me from eating, but sadly I have reason to believe it prevents me from sleeping. The first day I took it, I was unable to sleep the night before. Despite this it took several hours to for me to fall asleep, despite it surpressing my hunger. The second night I was unable to fall asleep until 6 am. The third night produced the same result as the first mainly because I couldn't sleep the previous night. I'm worried that i'm going to be facing a new pattern where I can't sleep the first night, but eventually sleep the second and that this pattern may get worse. I have reason to believe that while this type of medication curbs my apitite, it does not curb my need to eat in order to sleep.
In addition to this type of medication, I also take a certain amount of another medication.
I've heard that sleeping pills can worsen night eating syndrome and starting yesterday, I stopped taking them.
I've ordered a bottle of another type of medication and I don't know how this could effect my meds however.
I used to take a shower before going to bed, but as time went on I stopped as i'm worried that it's been causing me problems. I'm worried that my sleeping is going to get worse as time goes on as it always has since last year. I'm hoping that there is surgery or a brain implant that I could buy to help me out or if I could get a surgery operation to further examine my head, but I need more information. One of the problems i'm facing is that no one is telling me anything useful. My mother, despite knowing my plight, doesn't understand the weight of what i'm going through. It may help to know if there are support groups I could join.
Any advice?
Please help. I'm worried that my sleeping issues are going to get worse and without help I may eventually lose my ability to sleep.

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Hi undeadmerc3!

We are glad that you are finding support here on the NEDA forums. A portion of your post was edited and deleted due to the mention of specific medications that may be triggering to other forum members. NEDA is not a health care provider and cannot provide you with medical advice or treatment and we encourage you to seek help from a professional. Our community guidelines are also available to review here:
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/community-guidelines. In the event you need further assistance please call the NEDA helpline at 1-800-931-2237 (M-Th 9-9 F 9-5 EST).
Again, thank you for posting, and we hope you will continue to do so!

Adage
Hey undeadmerc3, sorry to

Hey undeadmerc3, sorry to hear that you're having such a rough time of it.
Sleep is essential, and I totally get how much of a bother inadequate sleep can be.
I'm probably averaging about 6 hours a night myself. I work from 7:00am-6:00pm with a 2 hour break and a 1 hour lunch.
It gets a bit tough for me sometimes because I have to balance sleep and free time and I always find myself feeling sleepy.
Sorry for the tangent.
birdie22 made some good points.
Sleep hygiene might really be able to help you out.
Make sure you haven't had any caffeine for a few hours before then. And try to wind down with a quiet activity like reading, while avoiding using stuff like computers and cellphones. Thats the advice that my doctor gave me.
Also, due note that neither I nor birdie22 are health professionals.
I'd advise you to consider seeing your own.
A talk with your doctor as well as the person who prescribed you your medication will likely get you the best answers.
I hope that helps a bit.

- Adage