What is Night Eating Syndrome?

Night eating syndrome is a combination of insomnia and binge eating disorder; an individual eats a regular diet during the day, but binges after the evening meal or during the night when they can’t sleep. The disease can be accompanied by the feeling of needing to eat to get back to sleep.

Renae Nicole

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Definition

WebMD

Night eating syndrome (NES) is a condition that combines overeating at night with sleep problems. With NES, you eat a lot after dinner, have trouble sleeping, and eat when you wake up at night.

Walden

Night eating syndrome is an eating disorder, characterized by a delayed circadian pattern of food intake.

Eating Recovery Center

Night eating syndrome (NES) is a distinct eating disorder. It caused by an underlying “dysregulation” of body clocks that impact appetite, sleep/wake times, and overall energy levels. Thus, it is considered, in part, a combination of a mood, eating, and sleep disorder.

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Night eating syndrome is a combination of insomnia and binge eating disorder; an individual eats a regular diet during the day, but binges after the evening meal or during the night when they can’t sleep. The disease can be accompanied by the feeling of needing to eat to get back to sleep.

Diagnosis Criteria

A) There must be a significant increase in food intake like one or both: 1) at least 25% of food intake is consumed after the evening meal or 2) at least two episodes of eating at night per week.

B) Ability to recall or observe behavior.

C) Must have three of the following:

1) Decreased desire to eat in the morning for four or more mornings per week,

2) Strong urge to eat between dinner and sleep onset and/or during the night,

3) Insomnia is present four or more nights per week,

4) A belief that one has to eat to fall back asleep, or

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Renae Nicole

Certified Personal Trainer | Health Coach | Nutrition Coach | Worldview: Christianity