Friday, 15 January 2021

Night Eating Syndrome

Night Eating Syndrome


Recurrent episodes of night eating, as manifested by 

  • Eating after awakening from sleep or 

  • Excessive food consumption after the evening meal AND

  • Awareness and recall of eating the next morning.

Associations

(High-risk individuals)

  • Obesity

  • Psychiatric disorders, 

  • Endocrine and metabolic disturbances, 

  • Sleep problems.

Screening

High-risk individuals > 

  • Night Eating Questionnaire (NEQ)

Pharmaceutical treatment options 

  • SSRIs

  • Melatonergic medications. e.g agomelatine

Psychological interventions

  • CBT

  • Behavioural interventions

  • Relaxation exercises

Allison KC, Tarves EP. Treatment of night eating syndrome. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2011;34(4):785-796. doi:10.1016/j.psc.2011.08.002

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