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waking up to eat in middle of night...

i find myself doing this more and more lately. on saturday night, i woke, and i use the term loosely, to stumble across my room and open a box of crackers so i could eat some (maybe 6) and then went on to eat some smoked almonds (about 12). i felt as asleep as i can imagine without still sleeping and stumbled back into bed, falling back asleep right away. last night i woke with the same hunger in the middle of the night. i did not get up and eat, though, bcause it was so cold...

Mon. Jan 29, 12:13pm

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I am a sleep walker/eater too

That is my biggest downfall, I always wake up and eat. So I al least put fruit close to eye level in the front of the fridge (cause that is where I go) so that I at least only eat fruit. THen I go back to sleep. Sometimes I wake up wondering if I ate anything in the middle of the night and have to really think about it.

I have NO CLUE whay that is.

When I go to bed early to get a good night sleep I will wake up, but if I keep myself awake late to get less sleep, I wont wake up at all.

Monday, January 29, 2007, 4:41 PM

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OMG that is ME...and i pick the worst things to eat..and its been more in the last problem is i get up to pee at least 4 times so thats when i grab something..i like the cut up fruit idea!! thanks

Monday, January 29, 2007, 5:48 PM

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This is a long shot but do any of you take a sleeping pill? they've shown that some sleeping pills cause night time/sleep eating in some people. (Lovely side effect)

Monday, January 29, 2007, 6:47 PM

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4:41 poster
I don't take any sleep aids. Actually I don't take anything. I been clean and sober for 11 years. I exercise real early in the AM so that can't be it either.

Monday, January 29, 2007, 6:49 PM

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I saw this on a talk show. Dr. Phil, Oprah...I can't remember. This woman could not lose weight because of how much she ate in the middle of the night. I think they mentioned something about stress, but even the doctors wheren't sure what the actual issue was. The only thing that I would suggest to you all...and I've been considering it a weightloss hypnosis cd that you listen to while you sleep. If it's a real problem, it's worth a shot, right? I can't imagine the cd would be that expensive.

btw...the woman on the show did not fully wake up when she was eating during the night, so she couldn't stop herself.

Monday, January 29, 2007, 8:10 PM

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Im wondering if the people who do this are getting enough calories in during the day. Are you hungry when you wake up or just feel the urge to eat? If its just the urge to eat, i would chaulk it up to stress or something. I wake up hungry in the middle of the night if i havent eaten enough during the course of my day.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 6:22 PM

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Have you considered a thyroid issue? I only ask because I have a co-worker going through the same thing. She hasn't been dieting, but has started eating in her sleep. Her doctor says it could be caused by the thyroid & is sending her for tests

Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 10:38 PM

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What about diabetes?

Have any of you people who are having this problem been checked for diabetes? A hypo (very low BG) causes one to feel starved. And eat the fridge clean, sometimes!

If, by chance, you are diabetic or have "reactive hypoglycaemia" (a precursor to diabetes) there is a good chance you are waking from a hypo & eating in automatic mode to deal with it. Especially the ones who said they barely (if at all) actually wake up when they do this.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 11:17 PM

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stress is my trigger

I do this too. I've found that when I'm over stressed or over tired, I am worse about it. My blood levels have been checked recently and everything was in a normal healthy range, including blood sugar levels. I have done it whether I eat a lot during the day or not eaten enough. I know for me, the best cure is to exercise to relieve some of the stress and to go to bed at a decent time to not allow myself to get over tired.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 12:53 PM

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eating mid of night everynite!

Hi ive had the waking in the middle of the night a few times every night for the past 7 years. I eat dinner and dessert before bed every night and still wake up and go straight to the fridge and get cereal, cakes, granola bar etc. I wake up depressed and can barely get out of bed it s a cycle ive been in and im so sick of it. I went to the dr he precscribed lexapro to sleep but it doesnt work i still get up and a holistic docs who said to be macroiotic still woke up and one today who said it is the hypoglecimia waking me up and said to take chrom piconate Im realy hopeless at this point Please help!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 6:44 PM

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