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Postby barnowl » Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:27 pm

hi,
i am starting to think i mght have a binge eating problem and it makes me want to cry.
when i was younger i had anorexia then over the more recent years have been put on lots of psych drugs which made me put on weight and eat more.
Now every night I just get this urge to eat everything in sight. Its always bed time ish, say 9pm, and I read a book before bed and I just want/do eat a load of junk food while reading.
It doesnt make any difference what i eat in the day or for tea. I can eat relatively little in the day or normal, but its always the same at night. I know I want to lose weight but when it comes to 9pm theres no will power! :roll:
i wish i had the determination i used to have. i do need to lose weight but i just cant get out of this habit. :(
any ideas how to break the cycle? i have tried hot drinks, different foods, not buying certain things, but doesnt really help. i will even go to the shop at 9pm if i have to, and cant stop myself lol
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Re: eating at night

Postby TameQueen » Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:37 am

I go shopping twice a month and only buy a weeks supplies at a time. I don't eat the best, but I find that if its not there you cant eat it. Start drinking more water. It really does help. Also stop buying bread or any deserts. If you want a sweet, buy hard candies. They have less calories. Eat dinner around 5pm and a snack around 7pm. Snacks include cereal, soup, etc. Soup will change your life.
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Re: eating at night

Postby barnowl » Wed May 29, 2019 8:05 pm

thanks for the reply, you make it sound so simple.
but literally if there is no food in my flat I will go out and buy it, im like a crazy woman.
I;ve never really liked soup :( I do eat cereal but then I can have 3 big bowlfuls. :cry:

I feel so depressed I have just had enough of it all. even if I dont eat I still put on weight.
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Re: eating at night

Postby maninthebox » Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:39 pm

I have the exact same problem barnowl. I can go all day without eating but when night time comes, it's game on. I would eat all night if I didn't stop myself. I do the same thing with pouring almost a whole box worth of cereal in a bowl and eat it in one sitting and then get something else. I started on a bootcamp diet last week and so far I've stuck to it and not had many cravings. I fear relapsing though. *mod edit*
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Re: eating at night

Postby LisaPisa » Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:06 pm

barnowl wrote:hi,
i am starting to think i mght have a binge eating problem and it makes me want to cry.
when i was younger i had anorexia then over the more recent years have been put on lots of psych drugs which made me put on weight and eat more.
Now every night I just get this urge to eat everything in sight. Its always bed time ish, say 9pm, and I read a book before bed and I just want/do eat a load of junk food while reading.
It doesnt make any difference what i eat in the day or for tea. I can eat relatively little in the day or normal, but its always the same at night. I know I want to lose weight but when it comes to 9pm theres no will power! :roll:
i wish i had the determination i used to have. i do need to lose weight but i just cant get out of this habit. :(
any ideas how to break the cycle? i have tried hot drinks, different foods, not buying certain things, but doesnt really help. i will even go to the shop at 9pm if i have to, and cant stop myself lol


It depends on which medication you are on. There are some such as Mirtzapine that increases your carb cravings and slows metabolism. But I'm not a doctor so perhaps research your medication on such sites as drugs dot com It may not be your fault!
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Re: eating at night

Postby DistortedOne » Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:46 pm

Greetings if anyone is still around this thread. I thought I'd share my story.

I'm a guy in my mid-40's with bipolar 1 and over the last few years I've developed an out of control night eating problem. That is overnight when I should be sleeping. Instead, after my frequent trips to the bathroom to pee (pretty normal for me all my life) I wander to the kitchen, instead of back to bed, for a little snack. And I will go for a snack if I haven't fallen asleep yet, as if all the other times weren't bad enough.

I used to just snack on a piece of candy, candy bar, or something like that. Now it's two bowls of cereal, two candy bars at least, three quarters of a bag of chocolate chips (my Kryptonite), a few slices of leftover pizza, a couple of donuts, whatever is available any given night. I think I'm up to like 1200 calories a night on average. Low as maybe 500 and high as 2400 or more (I'm so embarrassed to say that).

I have even got up and eaten food without being aware of it. Most times I'm consciously going but I think I've been making myself go to the kitchen even when I'm really, really sleepy and totally should be going straight back to bed. Serious compulsion here. But some of those times I've apparently been eating while sleepwalking of sorts. Some med I take has given me a bit of narcolepsy-ish behavior in that when I'm really sleepy I will fall asleep very quickly without knowing it. Like when I'm looking at my phone at night laying down I'll fall out still holding up my phone and wake up quickly realizing I just did because my phone is falling out of my hands. That's basically what's happening when I'm standing there eating something and I fall out to sleep again, still standing up. I know I”m falling asleep at these intervals because I can remember catching myself and, instead of going back to bed immediately, I continue to eat, and fall back again, and catch myself, and again and again. It's crazy that I do that. I mean, I'm eating while I'm asleep, catching myself doing it and wake up a little, only to just keep on eating and then falling asleep again standing up, catching myself....and on and on until I guess I finally walk back to bed. That is just crazy! But I do it night after night. I've even run into door ways and furniture walking at night because I think I'm falling asleep while I'm walking. This is really out of control!

I am taking Pramipexole which is known to make people more impulsive, even seriously impulsive in some cases (like serious gambling compulsions where people are losing their life savings and not realizing what's happening to them). I know that's a big part of all this, but I need it for me RLS and I have to take it every night. It's also making me manic which I just figured out recently. Turns out just 1/2mg can really get me going. But that's a whole other story.

Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions on what I should do, I'd love to hear them. Thanks for your time reading this.
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Re: eating at night

Postby DistortedOne » Fri Aug 06, 2021 11:55 pm

So I just switched from Pramipexole to Ropinirole for my RLS because the Prami was making me manic. Turns out it was also making me binge eat at night uncontrollably. I would think of something to eat, at like 2 am, and then I found myself eating it. Even if I had just eaten 2 or 3 other things, I would eat that next thing. I wasn't really trying to, I just would find myself eating that next thing. Night after night.
That's similar to the mania it was causing.

And I feel so at peace inside now which I felt immediately after waking up the first morning I took Ropinirole for my RLS. They work similarly on dopamine but wow what a difference.

I will say that I've been kind of hypomanic since the switch and even starting to get that euphoric feeling that tells me for sure I'm hypomanic. It's such an amazing feeling and I've not been able to get anywhere near it in years.

But the night eating is so much better. I haven't stopped completely but I know I can with discipline now. I can just walk away from the pantry and go back to bed. Heck, if I didn't crave chocolate so much right after I wake during the night, I wouldn't snack at all. So strange that I don't get that craving when I wake for the day in the morning.
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For bipolar:
Oxcarbazepine varies 600mg to 1800mg daily
Bupropion 300XL/day or a few 100SR's
Lamotrigine 200mg/night

For RLS:
Ropinirole very recently was Pramipexole

Plus a few for BP and acid reflux
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