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The Reality of Night Eating Syndrome: How to Cope and Get Help

Do you find yourself eating dinner late at night, even when you’re not hungry? If so, you may be suffering from night eating syndrome. This condition is characterized by excessive evening eating, and can lead to a number of negative consequences such as weight gain and difficulty sleeping. In this blog post, we will discuss what night eating syndrome is, and how you can treat it effectively.

What Is Night Eating Syndrome?

what is Night Eating Syndrome?

Night eating syndrome is a condition characterized by excessive evening eating. This means that you may find yourself eating dinner late at night, even when you’re not hungry. This can lead to a number of negative consequences such as weight gain and difficulty sleeping.

Symptoms 

Some of the signs that maybe indicating to night eating syndrome are:

  • Eating late at night, even when you’re not hungry
  • Waking up to eat during the night
  • Eating more than half of your daily caloric intake after dinner
  • Feeling depressed, anxious, or irritable about food
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Feeling out of control around food

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor or mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment.

Causes 

causes of night eating syndrome

Though the exact cause of NES is unknown, There are a number of factors that may contribute to night eating syndrome. These include:

  • Hormonal imbalance: Night eating syndrome has been linked to hormonal imbalances such as leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that regulates hunger, and leptin resistance can lead to increased hunger and cravings for high-calorie foods.
  • Sleep disorders: Sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea can also contribute to night eating syndrome. This is because people who are not getting enough sleep may be more likely to crave high-calorie foods late at night.
  • Depression: Depression is another common cause of night eating syndrome. This is because people who are depressed may use food to self-soothe and cope with negative emotions.
  • Genetics: NES has also been connected to a gene. though more research and concrete proof is required to be sure of this factor, it is a real possibility.
  • Disruption Of Circadian Rhythm: Theory is that it is caused by a disruption in the body’s circadian rhythm. This is the natural cycle that controls when we feel sleepy and when we feel awake. It is thought that people with night eating syndrome have a disrupted circadian rhythm, which leads to them feeling hungry at night.

Night Eating Syndrome needs a lot more focus than it has been given in the past. More research is required on this to provide methods of preventions and causes for this disorder.

Effects

Night eating syndrome can lead to a number of negative consequences, including:

  • Weight gain: One of the most common effects of NES is weight gain. This is because people who eat late at night are more likely to consume high-calorie foods that can lead to weight gain.
  • Difficulty sleeping: NES can also lead to difficulty sleeping. This is because people who eat late at night may have trouble falling asleep, and may also wake up during the night to eat.
  • Depression: Depression is another common effect of NES. This is because the condition can lead to feelings of guilt and shame about food, which can worsen depression.

If you are suffering from any of these effects, it’s important to see a doctor or mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment.

NES’s Correlation With Illnesses

Researchers have found that night eating syndrome has correlations with other physical and mental illnesses. Some of them are:

NES and Obesity

There is a high correlation between NES and obesity, with most people suffering from NES being obese. This is because people with NES are more likely to consume high-calorie foods late at night, which can lead to weight gain.

NES and Depression

There is also a high correlation between NES and depression. This is because the condition can lead to feelings of guilt and shame about food, which can worsen depression.

NES and Binge Eating Disorder

NES and binge eating disorder

There is a high correlation between Night Eating Syndrome and binge eating disorder. This is because people with NES are more likely to eat large amounts of food in a short period of time, which can lead to binge eating disorder.

Treatment

treatment for NES

If you think you may be suffering from night eating syndrome, it’s important to see a doctor or mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment. NES can be treated with a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes.

  • Medication: There are a number of medications that can be used to treat NES. These include antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers.
  • Lifestyle changes: Making lifestyle changes such as getting more sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly can also help to treat NES.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy: This type of therapy can help you change the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to NES.
  • Interpersonal therapy: This type of therapy can help you manage the relationships that may be contributing to your condition.
  • Phototherapy: this has shown positive results for seasonal effective disorder. Some case studies also show positive effect on both sleeping and eating disorders. this technique seems promising for NES.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation(PMR): A study has been done to evaluate the effectiveness of PMR for NES. Though the results of this study are promising, more research is required for it to be considered an effective treatment.

Changing your negative beliefs plays a significance role in improving your health. It gives you the motivation to keep your positive behavior towards your needs, food habits, sleep and yourself charged. If you think you may be suffering from night eating syndrome, it’s important to see a doctor or mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment.

Conclusion

Night eating syndrome is a condition that can be difficult to live with, but there are treatments available that can help. Whatever the cause of condition may be, there are always treatment available to make it more manageable. If you think you may be suffering from NES, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.

Night eating syndrome is a real disorder that deserves more attention than it has been given in the past. If you think you may be suffering from NES, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. There are a number of resources available to help you understand and manage the condition. With the right treatment, you can live a healthy, happy life.

For more information and tips you can contact Therapy Mantra. We have a team of professional therapists who can provide you with the support and guidance you need to recover from this condition. Contact us today to learn more about our services. You can also book an online therapy session or download our free Android or iOS app.