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Sleep Eating Disorder – Diagnosis & Treatment


Diagnosis


SRED can do more than just disturb your sleep. It can also harm your overall health and put you at risk of an injury. 

The doctor will need to know when the eating binges began. He or she will want to know how often they occur and how long they last. The doctor will need to know your complete medical history. Be sure to inform him or her of any past or present drug and medication use. 

Also tell your doctor if you have ever had any other sleep disorder. Find out if you have any family members with sleep problems. It will also be helpful if you fill out a sleep diary for two weeks. The sleep diary will help the doctor see your sleeping patterns. This data gives the doctor clues about what is causing your problem and how to correct it. 

You may need to do an overnight sleep study. This is called a polysomnogram. The polysomnogram charts your brain waves, heart beat, and breathing as you sleep. It also records how your arms and legs move. The best sleep study will also record your sleep on video. This will record any unusual behaviors that occur during the night. This study will help reveal if your eating binges are related to any other sleep disorder.
 

Treatment


It is important to get plenty of sleep on a regular basis. Episodes may increase with sleep deprivation. To avoid injuries, you need to make sure that the path from your bedroom to the kitchen is safe. 

Your doctor may need to change some of your medicines. A sleep specialist should check to see if you have another sleep disorder. If so, then you will also need to be treated for it. Doing so will make it easier to treat the SRED.

SRED tends to respond well to the use of medications. Once you begin taking the medicine, your doctor may have you chart your progress with a sleep diary.