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Night time eating

Thursday, June 06, 2013

I did really well yesterday until night time. And I mean night time--when I'm sleeping. I have night eating syndrome. I get up in the night and don't remember eating until I get up in the morning and see crumbs or wrappers or whatever on the countertop or in the garbage. It is awful! I did it again last night and it threw my calorie total over by 200 calories. I've tried everything to control this but it just seems impossible. I feel totally out of control at night. Anyone else have this problem or syndrome? Any ideas?

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ONUTHIN125 6/6/2013 6:16PM

    emoticon I am so glad that you wrote a blog about this. My Hubby has this, I am not kidding. When I tell people, they laugh and think that I am teasing them. He will get up in the middle of the night and usually eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He does not do this every night. The way I know that he was up is he leaves peanut butter on the counter. Also, he will not put up the jelly and he never closes the lid. I have even hidden the peanut butter and bread, but he will look for it until he finds it. I know that he does this because he will leave all of the cabinets opened. My Hubby is a neat person and he would never do this on purpose. When I first stared to notice this he would say I did not get up-what are you talking about. I quickly realized that he really does not know what he is doing. When you find out what to do, please let me know-I am serious about helping him. Thanks again for sharing! Spark On! emoticon emoticon

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-SHAWN- 6/6/2013 1:15PM


Book on
Overcoming Night Eating Syndrome:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Breaking the Cycle

Book Review Snippet:

"Several chapters on self-help and treatment offer additional pay-off. The authors identify at least four varieties of NES sufferers: 1) the compelled evening and nighttime overeater, 2) the anxious/agitated night eater, 3) the cravings night eater and 4) the all-or-nothing belief about sleep night eater. Accordingly, there are several cognitive self-monitoring practices, and introductions to imagery, relaxation, and other behavioral interventions. The book succinctly describes what is currently known about genetic-familial transmission and abnormal hormone secretion patterns in NES. Recent research suggests that older NES sufferers tend to be obese relative to younger ones, so it seems reasonable to suspect that NES may be one factor contributing to midlife obesity."

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ALIHIKES 6/6/2013 12:34PM

    I think I would tape everything closed! At least the noise of the tape ripping off would wake you up. Good luck!

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NEPTUNE1939 6/6/2013 11:47AM

    Protein curbs your appetite - or so it is said. "Casein" protein is slow digesting taking 6-7 hours for the process; whereas "Whey" protein is absorbed in about 30 minutes to an hour. For strength training drinking "Whey" within 30-minutes after training assists the body in recovering. To maintain your level of protein consuming "Casein" may prove beneficial - I use it for a restful sleep. is a good site for information. They also have "Casein" supplements. Most stores only stock "Whey". Earl Note: Milk contains Casein - a warm glass may also suffice. Earl emoticon emoticon

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MAMISHELI53 6/6/2013 11:37AM

    Wow! I can imagine how frustrating that must be. I wonder if you could put some kind of lock (combination?) on the fridge so it would require more conscious effort...Lock up the cupboards and such. Or just a lock on your door, something that requires a key - assuming you would be too knocked out to look for it in a somnambulent state. And pray! Hope you find answers.
Blessings on the journey to a healthy lifestyle.

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