sleep eating? help?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1007 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The previous owners of my house had this problem. The wife put a lock on the pantry and fridge and kept the key hidden from her husband at night. 

Post # 4
2075 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Mrslovebug:  are you on any medications that could be causing this? I know I’ve heard of this happening as a side effect of Ambien for example

Post # 5
865 posts
Busy bee

Mrslovebug:  Maybe you’re eating too little and your body is trying to tell you something?  If you’re 5’9 and exercising 1 – 2 hours a day 1400 calories may be a bit too low.  Are you breastfeeding?  

Post # 6
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I do wonder if you calories are too low.  I am only 5’5″ and when I have done calorie restriction before, I wouldn’t go lower than 1,500 on days that I was exercising.

Post # 7
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Mrslovebug:  I do this too! I found that I eat at night more when I’m stressed or worried. Do you find this happens to you? 

I also recently started back at the gym as well and I’ve been watching what I eat and trying to keep my calories down the same as you. I found my sleep eating has been happening more frequently since then and I go for sugary things, though most of the time I don’t have anything great in the house so I eat bread and butter, cereal, crackers, whatever I can find that’s quick. I’ll climb up on cupboards to get to any sweet treats that my fiancé hides out of my sight, and one night I opened a tin of condensed milk and drank that!

Most of the time I think I’m half awake, but sometimes I don’t remember what I’ve done until the afternoon and it will suddenly come back to me. 

I find it infuriating as well, and it ruins all of the effort I put in to eat well during the day. It also hinders my weightloss too, which can get depressing. I think the best thing to do is to make sure you only have healthy snacks to eat in your house, and then you have no choice but to just eat something that isn’t too bad for you, if you’re really hungry. I find I get really angry in the night when I can’t find anything sweet (especially when my fiancé hasn’t hidden anything from me either!), but the next day I’m always relieved when I know I’ve woken up and only eaten a handful of nuts or a couple of crackers!

Hope this helps somehow!

Post # 9
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Topomax is used off label for binge eating disorder, but it does have significant side effects so I would use it as a last resort. I would definitely see a therapist about this- someone who specializes in eating disorders. Part of it is restricting during the day I’m sure, but it’s more complex than that. A lock on the fridge will only make you find food other ways (God forbid, driving somewhere). Good luck.

Post # 12
7290 posts
Busy Beekeeper

You should go and see a medical professional, probably a doctor, dietican & psychologist combo, rather than asking an internet forum.

the worst thing you can do is take medical advice from internet strangers. This is your health and wellbeing not which laundry powder to use.

Post # 13
4138 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

So, I’m a polysomn. tech. Ya need to talk to a doctor. 

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