Eating Disorder Therapy Approaches at The Highlands

Night Eating Syndrome Treatment at The Highlands

Understanding Night Eating Syndrome

It is neither uncommon nor necessarily unhealthy to engage in a late night snack from time to time; awakening in the middle of the night, finding yourself unable to fall back to sleep, and heading into the kitchen for a bite to eat is hardly proof of an eating disorder. Late-night cravings are not the same thing as Night Eating Syndrome (NES), which can have serious symptoms. It is understandable that some might worry whether they have NES—whether their own late-night snacking has reached a problem point—and also to inquire about possible treatments. To understand NES, it is important to first realize that it is a form of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) that just happens to occur at night. At The Highlands, we offer dual diagnosis care for those who have various kinds of eating disorders, including different types of Binge Eating Disorder. If you do have a condition that falls into this category, we can help you isolate the problem and work toward a plan for lifelong recovery.

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The Symptoms of Night Eating Syndrome

Again, the symptoms of NES are little different from the symptoms of BED. Specifically, the most common symptoms of NES include:
  • A lack of appetite in the morning.
  • Overeating during the night.
  • Waking during the night to eat, at least three nights per week.
  • Not always remembering the nighttime eating episode.
  • Having to eat simply to fall back to sleep.
  • Getting 25 percent or more of your daily caloric intake after dinner.
What makes NES serious is that it disrupts the normal bodily rhythm of wakefulness and sleep, which can in turn lead to manifold problems with your physical and mental health. Once NES begins to interfere with your everyday life, seeking clinical intervention becomes necessary.

Treatment for Night Eating Syndrome

Binge eating disorders are treatable. At The Highlands, our licensed dietitians and therapists collaborate closely with each client so that a fully individualized care plan is implemented. Generally, those who come to us for Binge Eating Disorder treatment will receive concurrent therapy both for their eating disorders and for the other, related emotional issues that accompany it. More specifically, eating disorder treatment at The Highlands includes:
  • Individualized Nutrition Therapy
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Various therapeutic interventions
  • Focused and evaluative tasks, such as sleep and food journals
  • Identification of areas that may require further medical evaluation and treatment, such as sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome
  • Cautious use of medications to help with associated symptoms
  • Development of coping skills and stress/anger management

Seek Help for NES

If you or your loved one exhibits the symptoms of BED, including NES—or if you’re not sure whether you truly have the condition—we encourage you to seek help through education. Learn more about eating disorders, and what this particular one entails. Contact Castlewood at The Highlands to begin the process.