Monday, October 6, 2008

A Midnight Snack-- A Disorder?

I have a disorder and didn’t know it!! I have noticed lately that I have been getting up in the middle of the night and … eating. I'm not talking about the poor sleep walking people who get up to eat raw burger meat and other dreadful things like that and don’t even know it—that would be a serious problem and is. No, I am perfectly conscious and actually make the effort to get up from my warm bed and dream-filled slumber—unless, of course, I’m dreaming about a dreamy man—then food is off and sleep is back on and Mmm for that matter; but if not, I walk to the kitchen, open up the freezer or pantry and find something really fattening to eat (devour). Last night it was a Skinny Cow chocolate ice-cream sandwich; the night before was a devil dog; and “Yum” was about all I really had to say about this new problem of mine. Even though I know what I’m doing and make the conscious decision to actually get up and have a little something to eat at 1:00 in the morning.

I thought it was just me wanting to pig out at night, you know, like a closet eater: Hey, no one watch Holly devour a cupcake. Well I guess it’s considered an actual disorder in the eyes of a doctor, of course it is, called Night Eating Syndrome (NES) and it’s caused by stress and too much caffeine (that would be me—Ms. Starbucks). Isn’t it just too funny; I was actually kidding that I thought I had something wrong with me!!

Go figure. And click here to learn more: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleep-related-eating-disorders

2 comments:

Christina Shaver said...

WHOA. Are you kidding? We must be leading similar lives because I seriously have been gorging myself at night. This happening shortly after I have doubled my caffeine intake in a day! I've been eating like I'm four months pregnant. After dinner I tell myself that I'm not going to eat anymore after that. Kiss of death. I go in for a second helping of dinner right before I hit the sack. Thanks for blogging about this. Very timely, at least for me!!!!

Holly Nappi Collins said...

Ah, huh! And last night I now remember sneaking a "few" mini snickers--I shopped early for Halloween (yeah, right) this year. I almost forgot about my snack last night--OMG!