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The night eater syndrome: when you wake up to eat every night

Night eating syndrome is an eating disorder in which the person wakes up every night to eat compulsively. We discover its symptoms, what causes it and the most appropriate treatment for its cure.

Considered one of the causes of overweight, obesity and other related disorders such as diabetes, the so-called Night Eating Syndrome (NES) is a disorder of the diet that consists of the person developing a fixed pattern of behavior, through which he consumes a large number of calories after having dinner, especially during the early morning hours.

In severe cases, the person suffering from this syndrome can eat up to 50% of all the calories that they should consume throughout the day. It is estimated that around 1.5% of the population suffers from it, and of these, 40% of the people who suffer from it are obese.

In addition, if we take into account not only this issue, but also that food is consumed at night (when physical activity is practically nil), it is evident that it is one of the most dangerous causes, not only of weight gain, but of increased risk of other related diseases, such as diabetes.

Symptoms of night eating syndrome

This syndrome was first described by Dr. Albert Standard in 1959, when he first described the symptoms associated with this syndrome.

In this sense, there are several symptoms that can help to identify the night eater and if above all they suffer from this syndrome or not. For example, it is common to binge eat especially after dinner.

In fact, the foods that are eaten after dinner have a high content of carbohydrates, among which we can mention sweets and pastries, bread, rice and pasta. This can influence the quality of sleep, so that there are difficulties in falling asleep, with frequent awakenings at night.

Since they tend to get up repeatedly throughout the night, it is a behavior that can end up causing insomnia, since the circadian rhythms (our body’s ‘biological clock’), which are so closely related to sleep, are modified. sleep pattern, with the mechanisms of hunger-satiety and with our state of mind.

It is common for these people to eat nothing or almost nothing for breakfast, a habit that also extends not only to the first meal of the day but also throughout the morning.

And finally, the mood is usually high throughout the morning , but ends up going down as the day goes by.

What are your causes?

Researchers have found and described the existence of certain causes that can influence or cause the appearance of this syndrome. While there is some genetic predisposition, environmental and sociocultural factors have been identified.

However, one of the clearest causes is the presence of nocturnal stress, since in these people at night they present a high presence of cortisol, the stress hormone.

Treatment of night eating syndrome

The treatment must be carried out by a nutritionist and by a psychologist. Both usually ask the patient to record the food they eat at night, and above all what are the feelings and sensations that occur at this time.

In this sense, the psychologist provides the person with useful tools to learn to face their problem, changing their own attitudes and habits regarding what they eat.

While the nutritionist will provide you with controlled dietary guidelines, helping you to follow a diet with at least five meals a day.

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