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Binge Eating

Treatment for binge eating disorder

It can be a difficult task to try and stop binge eating. A binge eating disorder affects many different areas of your life; certainly not just your eating habits. Binge eating can change the way you get through your day, how you manage stress and other situations, and even how you relate to other people and deal with your family. For people who suffer with sleep related binge eating, the problem can even affect your ability to get a good night's sleep. That's why it's so important to seek treatment for binge eating disorder.

Sleep related binge eating

Sleep related binge eating is different from many other forms of binge eating disorder, as it primarily occurs while the sufferer is sleeping and has no control over his or her actions. It is classed by medical professionals as a sleep disorder, rather than as an eating disorder. Sometimes, the cause of a sleep related eating disorder may be attributed to prescription sleep aids and problems sleeping. However, sometimes it may be caused by dieting and the habit of denying yourself certain foods while you're awake. Sleep apnea and genetics can also be contributing factors to sleep related binge eating.

Stop binge eating

It's not easy to stop binge eating, so if you think you may have a problem, your first step should be to seek medical treatment. Binge eating isn't bulimia: sufferers don't typically purge themselves after a binge. Symptoms you should watch for include compulsive overeating, eating when not hungry, eating quickly (to the point that you don't even realize what you're eating or how much), and feelings of disgust, regret or guilt, and low self-esteem following a binge. Many times, a binge can last up to several hours, and some may find binges last an entire day.

Besides paying attention to the symptoms you may demonstrate, you should also make note of the emotions, feelings, and triggers that surround a binge. Many binge eaters are set off by depression or stress. Moreover, binge eating that isn't sleep related can often be found to fit into a pattern of events or emotions that initiate the binge.

In order to stop binge eating, you need to recognize these symptoms and approach your medical professional in order to diagnose and treat your condition.

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