Has this happened to you? You woke up one morning, and you found that there were wrappers of candy bar all over your kitchen. Incidentally, your stomach aches and you see that you had chocolate smudges all over your hands and face.
Your parents or your husband tells you that you are up all night long eating, but surprisingly, you dont recall that you did so. Your parents or your husband seemed serious telling you that you actually ate all those chocolates. Is there an inside joke?
Probably not. In fact, the symptoms show that you probably have a night eating syndrome.
Night eating syndrome, also known as sleep-related eating, is considered by medical doctors as a parasomnia. It is not a frequent sleepwalking type.
People suffering from this disorder have experiences of recurrent eating episodes while asleep, without actually being aware that they are actually doing it. This nocturnal eating syndrome might happen most of the time that it would show significant gain in your weight.
Although this disorder can affect people in all ages and sexes, the sleep-related eating affects young women more than men.
What is Night Eating Disorder?
Also known as nocturnal sleep-related eating disorder or NS-RED, night eating disorder is not an eating problem strictly speaking. It is known as a sleep disorder type that enables people to eat while seemingly asleep. While sleeping, they could eat while in bed, or in some cases, roaming around the house or staying at the kitchen.
The people suffering from this disorder are not conscious during NS-RED episodes. That is why night eating disorder is always related to sleep-walking. Being asleep, they do not know that they eat and cannot recall any incident of eating the night before.
If at all, they can only remember in fragments. The NS-RED episode more or less occurs somewhere in a state between sleep and wakefulness.
When people suffering from night eating disorder learn that they have such a problem, they feel ashamed and embarrassed. Some, even with evidence presented by his or her family members, deny that they did that. They cannot believe that they could do such a thing and cannot admit to themselves that they could not control themselves.
The food consumed during the disorder periods are most likely to be high-sugar, high-fat food that people usually avoid when they are awake. In some cases, there are those who eat bizarre food combinations, such as raw bacon partnered with mayonnaise, or hotdogs being dipped in a peanut butter. Some even eat non-food items such as soap in the same way they slice cheese.