Sleep Eating disorder affects one in one thousand adults. With that stated, more than 10 percent of adults suffer from a condition called parasomnia. Sleepwalking is the most common behavior related to parasomnia but also can include; violence, sexual behavior, sleep driving or sleep eating. The majority of people suffering from sleep eatering are women. In the rare cases where the individual engages in violence during sleep usually occur with men. Even though these acts while being asleep can be very dangerous and scary, it is stated by psychologists that people who suffer from parasomnia do not portray mental instability.
“Those who exhibit violence during sleep, or scream, or swear, or masturbate, or eat frozen ravioli, or wander into the hallway in their underwear while asleep generally have no more of a psychological disorder than those who sleep peacefully every night,” writes Carlos H. Schenck of the University of Minnesota in his book.
Here is an example of what may happen when a sleep eater goes at it. One rises from their bed while asleep and heads towards the kitchen. Sugary and high-calorie foods are the common choice when munching at night. Sometimes the sleep eater may eat frozen food, or even more dangerous, nail polish. A sleep eater may rise up to five times to binge on food. Sleep eating may seem not so harmful but there are some cases where it is very dangerous. Waking up in the morning with a black eye, cuts on the hands from sharp knives, or having to visit the dentist from gnawing on frozen foods.
Still trying to find out what triggers these sleep walking journeys researchers are looking deep to figure something out. There are some medications that can help the sleep eaters sleep peacefully. Also, taking sleeping pills, such as Ambien, does not help sleep eaters. In fact, Ambien and other sleep aids are known to trigger sleep walking.
Oddly enough, sleep eaters and others related disorders suffer for years because they are in fear. They do not want to tell their doctors because of self diagnosis. They consider the sleep eating disorder as a personality fault, not a medical disorder. The feeling of being able to cure this horrible disorder with their own remedies such as strapping themselves to the bed or hiding the food, does not work.
All in all, this new disorder is at a low percentage found within people and is getting looked at by researchers. A cure or some kind of treatment is bound to happen soon but until then, just keep reading on sleep eating to find out more information about it.