Eating During Sleep Hours

What Causes Eating At Night?

Eating at night can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose eating at night, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "eating at night" as a symptom.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Night Eating Syndrome
  • Low Melatonin
  • Diabetes I
  • Stress

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
unsound sleep
very angry/hostile disposition
forgetting dreams
a high-stress lifestyle
normal work hours
absent sexual desire
an average-stress lifestyle
cysts in breasts
recent oily hair
slight eyelid twitch
Caucasian ethnicity
jumpiness
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of eating at night:
Cause Probability Status
Stress 94% Confirm
Low Melatonin 28% Unlikely
Night Eating Syndrome 4% Ruled out
Diabetes I 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate eating-related issues, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you need to get up and eat during your hours of sleep?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ I eat a little occasionally, less than once a week
→ I eat a lot occasionally or a little regularly
→ I eat a lot regularly, several times per week
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either not eating during sleep hours or eating during sleep hours, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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