Eating During Sleep

Individuals with this often serious disorder may initially experience some sleepwalking without eating, but then develop a pattern of bizarre eating in sleep:

  • Typically high carbohydrate foods–which are eaten sloppily in large quantities.
  • The behaviors are frequently nightly with resulting weight gain and increased risk of diabetes and dental caries.
  • Most have no awareness of the abnormal behavior while it is occurring and may resist efforts to make them stop eating.
  • A minority have histories of eating disorders in wakefulness.
  • It can be caused by sleeping pills, such as Ambien, and by sedating antidepressant medications.
  • It sometimes is associated with Sleep apnea.

Treatment is available.

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