National Eating Disorders Association

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mtmike21
Night Eating Syndrome

Hi! I am new here and am looking to get help. I have been a night eater for MANY years (15-ish) and while I was in college it wasn't bad. Now (I feel) it is out of control. Sometimes I wake up and can't go back to sleep unless I eat. Sometimes I don't wake up at all until I drop a fork on the floor after I've eaten something. I am now considered obese. I feel like without this night eating thing, I can start to manage my weight. I am very concerned because of my family history of heart problems and diabetes. I don't know what to do about it. When I spoke to my physician about it, all he did was tell me, "Well, it's a habit change." I'm sure it is, but I need more to go on and much more support than "It's your body, you deal with it." Can anyone tell me options that I may have..a dietician? sleep study? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. I need to lose all this weight that I gained.

BrianaM200
Hi mike, I'm sorry it doesn't

Hi mike, I'm sorry it doesn't seem you were given any help in the past, but you came to the right place! Speaking to a medical professional like a therapist that you feel comfortable with is probably the first step to discovering any food-related issues you may have. Eating disorders are very serious conditions that have more to do with the underlying emotions and any direct relationship to food seen on the surface and observed by most. Nutritionists are usually a part of the process and become part of the treatment team that works together towards recovery. To find a therapist, or nutritionist in your area that will work for you, the NEDA helpline will be able to help you, 1800-931-2237, their hours are M-Th 9-9, Fri 9-5 EST
You are not alone, let us know what you decide to do and how it goes!
Briana, NEDA Volunteer

dnewberry
nighttime eating

I wake up every nite around 1 and find myself in the kitchen. for about 6 mos.I have starting putting nuts, etc. beside my bed so I do not have to go downstairs.I wake up and find myself getting nuts, etc. everywhere. I take 3 anti depressants as well as other behavioral and anxiety meds. My depression is under control. I am 62 and have very little stress. I was diagnosed with panic disprder and anxiety in 1986. I need to lose some weight. I do not eat sweets.and eat a healthy diet. I see a psychiatrist for panic/anxiety for med checks every 5 mons. We have never discussed this. After eating I usually fall asleep.Any suggestions???

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dnewberry

Hi dnewberry, welcome to the forums. Your post has been edited to remove numbers and names of medications. Please review the Community Guidelines here: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/community-guidelines. Thanks and continue posting!

Adage
dnewberry

Hey dnewberry. Sorry to hear that you feel like you're struggling. Was it your doctor that suggested you lose weight? I am by no means a health professional, but I've heard that SSRIs can affect appetite.
On another note, this seems to be an old thread. I think it might be to your benefit to create a new thread for yourself - perhaps both here and in one of the more active boards such as Maintaining Recovery or Working Toward Recovery. Both of those boards have a pretty fast response time from other members.
As for suggestions, have you discussed these cravings with your physician? They may not be out of the norm.

-Adage