The nocturnal raiding of the refrigerator after everyone has gone to bed was one of the things that small children often looked forward to doing when becoming adults. In the past there were commercials that addressed midnight snacking as well as more than a few sitcom episodes. It was laughed about and expected rather than what it is now-something stigmatized and labeled as a syndrome.
Night eating syndrome, also known as night eating disorder can affect people of all ages and sexes; however it affects young women more than men. People suffering from this sleep related eating disorder have experiences of recurrent eating episodes while asleep, without being aware that they are actually doing it. It is considered in medical terms as parasomnia.
Night Eating Syndrome (NES) is a common pattern found in people who have their eating behaviors a little deviated from the usual due to their demanding work. A lot of research has gone into studying the various patterns of eating habits and their profound effect on the physical and mental self. Luckily, there are some simple and trouble-free regulations that you should follow which will considerably aid in solving this specific syndrome.
NES is characterized by eating comforter foods that are high in sugar and fat such as biscuits, bread, milk drinks and ice cream during the evening and overnight. It is different from binge eating where a lot of food is eaten at one sitting. NES is continual eating over time. The foods eaten are typical of the types of foods that depressed and stressed people turn to. It is followed by a decrease in appetite in the morning and generally during the day.
The main signs of this eating disorder are the person does not have an appetite for breakfast since they have consumed a large amount of their calorie intake during the night. Additionally, the food of choice is often carbohydrates, they have a difficult time of falling and staying asleep and because they actively work to hide their secret, they often feel tense, anxious or guilty.
Night time eating falls under the umbrella of emotional eating disorders. There are different types of eaters such as the bored eater who may eat a few snacks to distract themselves, those who may snack because of the texture of the food which may help them stay focused on a project or snacking that involves someone that is suffering from some type of emotional pain.
Make sure that you eat enough during the day to avoid feeling hungry at night. If you starve yourself, you will be so hungry in the evening that a binge will be unavoidable. 5-6 healthy meals a day won't just stop late night snacking, but will also help your overall diet by keeping your metabolism steady.
Sleep disorders accompanied by eating disorders might cause dramatic increase in weight. Some say that this condition is merely due to eating habits while others are of the view that this condition is the result of some changes in the hormone levels. Most people who suffer from this nocturnal eating syndrome are prone to poor sleep, stress, lack of concentration and weak immune system.