How to Cope With a Nighttime Eating Disorder

Various different types of eating disorders have been identified, and one of these that is now being recognized is nighttime eating disorder. The nighttime eating disorder is a syndrome which is marked by a lack of appetite in the morning and a pattern of overeating at night.

Nighttime eating disorder, also known as Night Eating Syndrome, is distinct from other eating disorders like binge-eating and bulimia; people with nighttime eating disorder eat relatively small snacks at night, but these are consumed much more frequently, whereas individuals suffering from bulimia or binge-eating have large and more infrequent binges. Often, the individual is eating these snacks while sleep-walking, and is completely unaware of any problem, until they or family members discover the missing food.

There are treatment protocols to be used in terms of this eating disorder; this treatment involves individual counseling, and paying more attention to one's own specific medical and nutritional needs. In addition, the treatment needs to be tailor to the individual and varies depending on both severity of symptoms, and the patient's specific problems, situation and needs.

There are also a number of things the patient can do on their own in order to help treat this eating disorder, including establishing a regular routine, exercising, avoiding sleep disorders, taking a warm relaxing bath before bed, and asking a doctor about any possible medication interactions you can avoid.

As soon as you realize you have a problem, you should seek out help straight away, so that you can get treated and get back to your normal day to day life as quickly as possible. Keep in mind, there is no cause for shame in asking for help. Do not become disappointed or angry with yourself; it is not your fault, and there are many other people out there with the same problem who are in the same situation as you.

Finally, the most important thing is to admit to yourself that you do have a problem, and to figure out the best way to solve it in your particular case. Everyone is different after all, and so what works best for one person may not work at all for you.