Sleep Tapping For Night Eating

Here’s a demo on how one practitioner approaches EFT tapping for sleep. One of the goals of reducing night eating is to get a better and deeper night’s sleep. Night eating symptoms sometimes disappear completely if you can get yourself into a deeper sleep and stay there. However, that is easier said than done!

See for yourself how easy it is to tap for sleep and eating at night. It will relax your entire system and make it easier to reach those deep sleep states.

Emotional Acupuncture For Night Eating

This is the best and most powerful intervention for night eating that I have ever seen. The great part is that once you learn the technique, you can use it for many other issues in your life. Not only weight loss, sleep disturbances and night eating, but also diabetes, cancer issues, pain, etc. For difficult issues with night eating, you may need to be persistent. Work on stress, the urge to eat and night and any emotional issues you may be feeling. Eating at night may decrease gradually over time. Be patient! You are looking for the night eating symptoms to occur less often and be less extreme.

Stop Eating Sugar At Night

Sugar cravings often fuel night eating. In this video, Jamie Oliver shares his passion for changing the way American schools feed our children. I love Jamie’s passion and big picture positive thinking on this issue.

To reduce sugar cravings, be sure to eat enough protein during the day and keep your blood sugar stable by eating regular meals. Avoid processed foods that contain a lot of hidden sugar and drink plenty of water.

You can also use Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to stop cravings and lose weight. The Night Eating CD uses EFT to help reduce nighttime cravings and the 10 Simple Tips For Curbing Sugar Cravings Conscious Life News emotions that drive them.

Boost Your Serotonin
Serotonin, aka “the happiness hormone,” can be raised naturally with a low glycemic diet, daily exercise and plenty of deep restful sleep. When you have enough serotonin, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With Less Toxic Sweeteners
The all-natural sweetener, Stevia, has no calories, does not raise blood sugar levels and is 300 times sweeter than sugar. If you have sugar cravings, it’s ok to satisfy them – just find a safe way to do so. Substituting sweeteners like Stevia, Xylitol or dextrose can do the trick.

How to Reverse the Effects of Late Night Eating

It’s three in the morning. As you’re laying in bed, you keep glancing at the clock as if that number will magically change from a three to a seven.

You weigh the options in your head, fighting with all of your might to resist the urge. After minutes of torment, you finally get out of bed and head for the fridge.

Does this sound like you? If it does, you’re not alone. Thousands of Americans suffer every evening with symptoms of late night eating. It is a disruptive pattern of behavior that can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life.

Night eating syndrome is an actual diagnosable eating disorder and is characterized by: consuming at least 25% of daily calories after dinner, frequent trips to the fridge after going to sleep, skipping breakfast or having a lack of appetite for breakfast, and often eating less during the day. Many behaviors can trigger night eating syndrome, and often these are emotional ones. Depression, anxiety, and prolonged dieting are all factors in setting off a night eating disorder.

If you suspect you have a night eating disorder, there are options and treatments available.

First, get rid of the anxiety in your life. Often, night eating disorders begin because of unresolved conflicts or an onset of anxiety. Determine the source of the anxiety and manage it. This might include lessening your load at work, finding a hobby that helps you relax, or spending time alone meditating.

Next, check with your doctor to make sure your hormones and other bodily systems are in check. This will help you be aware of imbalances that may be facilitating your late night eating.

Along with a check-up, consider exercising. Exercising earlier in the day helps start your morning off right by releasing endorphins and balancing out chemicals in your body. An evening walk can help, too– it allows you to let go of stresses from the day and unwind before bed time.

Night eating disorders are real. They have the ability to control our lives unlike anything else. Take control of your symptoms and reverse your habits of late night eating.

Sleep Eating

Sleep eating can be considered a special form of night eating syndrome. Despite Tina Fey’s depiction of sleep eating, for people who suffer from sleep eating, it is anything but funny. Sleep eaters tend to prefer foods very high in sugar and fat, contributing to obesity, heart disease and night eating.

Some sleep eaters eat items that are not even food! Most sleep eaters have little or no memory of sleep eating activity.

Sleep eating disorders are more common in people who had sleep walking as children and tend to run in families. Sleep eaters tend to be very tired during the day, since their sleep is disturbed at night. Being sleep deprived may make you want to eat even more than usual, according to new research.

When scientists compared people allowed to sleep as much as they wished with those who slept just two-thirds of their normal time, they found that sleep deprivation was linked to eating more calories. No surprise here! Sleep deprivation and fatigue drives appetite, as people tend to reach for more food to increase energy.

How Night Eating Syndrome Leads To Obesity

Is night eating syndrome considered an eating disorder? Is night eating syndrome related to depression or stress? Do you have a fear of gaining weight because of night eating?

Dr. Jennifer Lundgrin answers your questions and shares statistics on night eating syndrome and obesity. Find out the one mistake you may be making that leads to night eating syndrome!

Night Eating and Sleep

Not sleeping well can be not only an unpleasant experience, but influences night eating. People with night eating syndrome (NES) seem to get the same amount of sleep, but wake up more often and have less efficient sleep. They often complain of not feeling rested.

Many people worry that once they are awake, they won’t be able to get back to sleep without eating. They worry about not feeling good the next day, feeling fatigued and the consequences of not getting a good night’s rest.

Eating at night tends to be a way they convince themselves to help them get back to sleep. These night eaters tend to have all-or-nothing beliefs, such as “if I lose sleep, it will ruin the next day.”

Relaxation and imagery have been shown to help people with night eating syndrome to fall asleep and stay asleep more easily. It can also improve sleep efficiency.  Sleep-related habits and how easily you are able to fall back asleep without eating late at night can be affected as well.

1. First, work on your ability to relax and unwind at night. Night eaters tend to find things to worry about, including getting a good night’s sleep.

The more you think about not getting a good night’s sleep, the more it seems likely to happen (self-fulfilling prophecy). Use the Night Eating CD to assist in relaxation.

2. Next, keep realistic expectations about your sleep. If you know that you tend to wake up at a certain hour, accept that as normal. Most people awaken several times per night. The more you worry, the harder it is to get back to sleep.

3. Don’t blame all of your problems on poor sleep and night eating. While you may be unhappy about it, there are probably other factors that contribute to the problem.

You may need to work to decrease your overall stress levels and increase social support.

4. Don’t over focus on sleep, or give it too much importance. This only serves to increase the night eater’s anxiety, which is already high.

5. Adapt your daytime routine to accommodate poor sleep. That is, you may need to adjust your routines, ask for support, and/or do your most demanding activities when you have the most energy.

6. Try to avoid using substances like caffeine to make up for a poor night’s sleep, especially in the afternoon or evening hours. This habit can cause uncomfortable side affects, such as headaches and irritability, which only adds to your stress. It can also disrupt sleep if taken too late in the evening.

7. Avoid alcohol consumption if you want to get a good night’s sleep. Processing of alcohol in the body gives off substances that disrupt sleep. While it may help you to relax and fall off to sleep initially, it often leads to waking up, even for people who are not eating late at night.

Night Eating Strategy: Using Imagery To Stop Late Night Eating

Night eating plagues many people. Night eaters tend to have problems with sleeping, and often get up to engage in late night eating. You may be angry, frustrated and embarrassed if you engage in night eating, since it can be a hard habit to break.

The best interventions for night eating start during the day. Depending on what type of night eater you are, begin with simple, moderate goals. Simply adding a rule that says “stop night eating” will not necessarily work, and you will feel more frustrated in the process.

Record your thoughts about your night eating in a journal. Write down whatever you can remember every day.

If you plan for when you will eat, and include an evening snack, this may help to stop night eating.  But if you eat at random times, then you may feel worse about your night eating, because it doesn’t follow a set pattern.

Eating at night can evoke a lot of feelings. Using strategies to deal with your feelings about night eating, as well as the night eating itself, can help.

Following a structured schedule can help to reduce night eating. Eating at regular times during the day and going to sleep at regular times when you are tired can definitely help.

Using imagery has been successful at helping people to stop night eating. Simply imagine yourself going to sleep at a regular time each night and sleeping peacefully throughout the night.

Imagine yourself falling back to sleep if you wake up. It’s also OK if you don’t fall back to sleep, but try to keep your mind free of anxiety. Just rest and know that everything will be OK whether you fall back asleep or not. The harder you “try” the harder it can be. And if you get yourself worked up in your mind, then it defeats the purpose.

Simply imagine yourself resting or sleeping peacefully (and waking up refreshed) in your mind over and over again. Be as specific about this as you can.

Imagine what you want to think about as you fall asleep. Establish a relaxing routine before bed. You may listen to meditation CDs or EFT  CDs. You can also put these on if you wake up during the night. Meditation can be an awesome strategy to avoid overreacting to stress and anxiety.

Help! My Husband Has Night Eating Syndrome

night_eating_foodIt’s my favorite time of day – the sun is barely up and I am greeted by a hungry beagle.

As I walk downstairs, I wonder what I will find today. I never know what I’ll wake up to find in my own kitchen on any given morning.

Today – uneaten bowl of something in the microwave, bread on the counter, cracker crumbs on the sofa and chocolate on the floor (I scramble to get there before the beagle).

Night Eating Syndrome affects both men and women, with men representing over 40% of all people with the syndrome. It doesn’t seem to matter how many calories were consumed earlier in the day. This is an ongoing, persistent behavior, unlike the occasional late snack or skipped meal that most people have from time to time.

In fact, people with night eating syndrome are often unaware of their nocturnal meals, although some feel they won’t be able to sleep without eating first. (Note: a person falls asleep more easily on a full stomach.) Among those who are aware of their night eating, there is often an emotional component; the diet of the night eater is comfort food.

Night eating syndrome tends to lead to weight gain; as many as 28% of those seeking gastric-bypass surgery were found to suffer from Night Eating Syndrome in one study. In fact, while sufferers are not always overweight (my husband is not), one in four people who are overweight by 100 lbs or more are thought to suffer from night eating syndrome. The disorder is accompanied by what sufferers describe as an uncontrollable desire to eat, akin to addiction, and is often treated chemically.

Half of all night eaters were of normal weight before they started night eating. Night eaters who maintain a healthy weight often feel the urge to exercise compulsively and/or restrict their calories during the day to keep from gaining weight.

My husband often doesn’t remember eating at night. Although he is not overweight, over the last few years, he has lost 80 lb. and certainly doesn’t want to gain it back. So he pushes himself to exercise, even though it takes a major effort just to get up in the morning.

He HATES the night eating habit, but understands now that night eating is not a lack of willpower. He is barely conscious of his behavior.

It seems like he has an unconscious command in his head that says “FOOD.”

Hopefully, the night eating CD will help!