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iwanttolive
night eating

Hello, as usual I lost my first draft so here is take 2. I know I am in recovery, but I have a difficult time at night in bed eating unnecessarily. It is not binging but it is extra food I don't need. Does anyone struggle with this and if so, do you have any suggestions. I have difficulties settling down for the night, often up until two o'clock. I do not know why. But any suggestions would be appreciated.. I still am not eating terrifically balanced meals as I Hate to cook, but it is something about being in bed, afraid to go to sleep, a fear of dreams maybe, but I don't like eating at night. Thank you for reading and any suggestions would be most welcome.
iwanttolive

justgina
night eating

Hi iwanttolive! I just want to start off by saying that, as you know, recovery is a long and tricky process. As we move forward, there will be certain aspects we struggle with at certain times. I can definitely relate to unnecessary nighttime eating. I think mine was related to comfort, and something about eating in bed soothed my anxieties. But I began to journal about my feelings and fears regarding food, and once I started listening to my body and what it needed, I came to a realization that food should be a source of nourishment, not a way to numb my feelings. It still took quite awhile to completely stop, but I want you to know that it is possible with perseverance and support :) I hope some of this helped. Take care <3

iwanttolive
Justgina

Hi. Thank you for responding to my post. I understand the ups and downs of recovery. My night eating is more of a habit than binging behavior. It is just eating when I don't need to. I agree food is for nourishment, but it is also meant to enjoy.

How are you? Journaling is a great idea, I do it for a while then stop for a while. It does help. I wish you a nice day
I do appreciate your advice. iwanttolive

justgina
iwanttolive

Hi iwanttolive, you're so welcome, and yes I agree! Eating is definitely for enjoyment, too. :) My problem, once I began recovery, came when I started using food as a way to avoid feeling what I was feeling, and that wasn't healthy for me either. At any rate, it's good that you're acknowledging this behavior and taking steps to change it!

I'm doing well, thank you. I hope you have a nice day too! Take care.

justgina

chunkymonkey68
Try Journaling

Do you see a shrink? They are able to discuss and assess your sleep problems and prescribe any necessary meds to help w/ these problems too. Also make a few healthy snacks ahead of time so if that happens a lot then you are prepared w/ healthy foods to eat at 2AMish....

chunkymonkey68
Sounds like sleep anxiety at bedtime

I would recommend seeing a shrink as they have incredibly new and helpful meds out there that help w/ getting a real nights sleep and thus not awakening or staying awake until 2 AM-ish.

I take a minor AD w/ sedating side effect at night 1/4 of a round pill and it works really well. I still am able to awaken to walk to the restroom but then go right back to sleep after.

Its an anti depressant med w/ sedating effect if taken at night time specifically.....

Good luck and I hope you are able to see a specialist for help as sleep is a serious thing not to be taken lightly.....

Lavender bath soaks at night and soft music before bed and no electronics for an hour before bed also helps me...