Originally Posted by Megpie
I have been struggling with bulimia/anorexia for over 5 years. With the last year I have slowly self recovered from them, gaining eventually and reaching a happy healthy weight. BUT the last 7 months I've been suffering from NES. I wake up about 3-5 times a night to eat even when I'm not hungry at all". I have gained 42 pounds since this has started!
Does anyone experience this or know anything of it?
Megpie - I've not heard of this disorder either, but I am so sorry to hear that you are struggling with it.
Are you saying that you can't get back to sleep unless you eat? Even if you aren't hungry? If so, perhaps some of the other posters' suggestions might be helpful.
Your post caught my eye because I "suffer" (if you even want to call it that) from the opposite. If I wake up in the middle of the night, hungry or not, I absolutely CANNOT eat anything. If I'm not hungry, of course it's not a problem. And most of the time it isn't - it's just insomnia. But if I AM hungry and need to eat in order to sleep, I find it impossible to put food in my mouth. A little strange, but again, it's not a huge problem for me since I rarely wake from hunger. But I've always found it odd that I can't eat at all in the middle of the night.
I have started taking one Advil PM every evening with my nighttime meds, and that has really helped me sleep through the night. Probably not the best idea, but I take a medicine called Niaspan which causes a lot of flushing and it's important for me to sleep through that so I don't wake up with these side effects as it causes me to start a horrible itch/scratch cycle. For me the positives outweigh the negatives.
I hope you can find some answers soon. It must be horribly frustrating to have this weight gain and feel so powerless to stop it.