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Sleep Eating Disorders - Diagnosis

Accurate history from patient's partner and Polysomnogram with video recording of the sleep episode can help in diagnosis of Sleep-Related Eating Disorder


Self Screening Questionnaire to suspect Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorder (NS-RED).

Bullet Do you have a loss of appetite in the morning?

Bullet Has your health declined from eating foods that are high in calories?

Bullet Do your eating episodes interrupt your sleep causing insomnia?

Bullet As a result, are you exhausted during the day?

Bullet Have you been told by your partner or others that you eat strange forms or combinations of food or consume toxic or inedible substances?

Bullet Have you unknowingly injured yourself in the kitchen at night?

If your answer is yes to these questions then you may be suffering from Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorder (NS-RED).

History: In the history the doctor will need to know when the eating binges began, how often they occur and how long they usually last. The doctor will also need to know the complete medical history, along with any past or present drug and medication use.

The doctor needs to be informed if the person has any other sleep disorder or if any of the family members suffer from sleep problems. It will also be helpful to fill out a sleep diary for two weeks. The sleep diary will help the doctor study the sleep architecture. This data gives the doctor clues about what is causing the problem and how to correct it.

Polysomnogram: If indicated the doctor may ask the person to undergo an overnight sleep study. This is called a Polysomnogram. The Polysomnogram charts the brain waves, heartbeat, and breathing as a person sleeps. It also records how the arms and legs move. The best sleep study will also record the entire sleep episode on video, replete with details of odd nocturnal behaviors. This study will help reveal if the eating binges are related to any other sleep disorder.


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I have been sleep eating for years and want help. I have gone to my doctor and he did not take serously. He did give me some sleeping pill. The pill made it worse. I would like to know what others are doing for help with this disorder. Thank you Janet Ontario, Canada
Holy50 Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Good writeup on Sleep eating disorder or night eating disorder. This is caused by the craving of the food in the body at odd intervals.
You can check out healandhealth to know what are the feasible solutions apart from making restraints in the food.

Gauravsharma10 Monday, April 26, 2010
Good article on sleep eating disorders
vasanth Monday, April 2, 2007

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