A few years ago, I was prescribed Ambien for sleep. My sleep eating was even worse during that time. I would get up to eat and while I was eating, I was fully aware that I was eating. However, the next morning, I had to think really hard on whether or not I ate anything. I would wake up and sometimes find a plate by the bed or an empty sleeve of Girl Scout Cookies. One morning, I was sleeping on my stomach when my husband started brushing my back. I asked what he was doing and he said, "brushing the crumbs off".
Yup - sleep medication and sleep eating seem to go hand in hand.
Pounds lost: 3.0
Fitness Minutes: (165) Posts: 9 10/26/11 6:36 P
I sooooooo hear you ladies. I too am on sleep medications, and I will eat my cheeze-its or dry cereal to ward off the nausea, then continue to snack on them as I read my book that also allows my slumber to capture me. I am a very light sleeper even with my sleeping pills, so as soon as I am up...I eat more and this usually involves a sweeter snack. In my head a voice ensures me that this one little sweet snack will give my my slumber I soo seek...then WHAM...I have indulged on a candy, Twinkies, cake or cookie. I have also tried to NOT buy anything that I will binge on..cracker, sweets, cereal and this has also failed. I will eat soup, bread and even foods that repulse me. I have also tried to eat only fruits and nuts at night...and this also becomes a problem as i will make myself sick on them..... I can counsel others on how NOT to binge, but they are one-ply words...a binger is a binger...I think we must dig deep and find and resolve the reason...as just knowing the reason is not enough.....grrrr!
current weight: 160.0
Fitness Minutes: (56,650) Posts: 820 10/26/11 2:25 P
I am a night time eater also. I sometimes can't fall asleep until I get out of bed to eat. I also will eat something/anything to fall back to sleep if I wake up for any reason - even if it's just to go to the bathroom. For some reason, I think it's the carbs that help us get back to sleep. I think if I/we found some low calorie snacks with carbs, perhaps that will help. Maybe some low calorie bread toasted with a bit of peanut butter. Maybe just a couple of crackers will help. Personally, I've tried the crackers and I end up eating a sleeve of them.
Pounds lost: 3.0
Fitness Minutes: (45,578) Posts: 44,896 3/4/11 9:26 P
I have been eating practically in my sleep. I wake up because the cat is making noise and I have a roommate so I have to keep the cat quiet, so I get up to quiet the cat, and then I HAVE to eat something, whether its a piece of pie or ice cream out of the carton or some leftover sweet -- or a powerbar. As long as it is sweet. I thought the powerbars wouldn't be so bad, but they're still an extra 200 calories in the middle of the night. Then I go back to sleep without a problem. But I can't go back to sleep until I've had that something to eat. Does anyone else have this problem? I'm sure I'm not alone. I'm just new to this forum, so sorry if I'm repeating others' stuff. I just can't seem to get a handle on this. One of the problems is that I'm on medications that make me sleep, so I'm mostly asleep when I'm eating and I have absolutely no self control when I'm asleep and eating...I just have to do it or I can't sleep again. Help!
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