Night Eating Syndrome (NES)
Night Eating Syndrome (NES) is characterized by nocturnal overeating and sleeping problems. The symptoms include having no appetite in the morning, insomnia, increased appetite at night, depressed mood which gets worse in the evening, and a belief that eating is necessary in falling asleep. This condition is different from Binge Eating Disorder since individuals with NES often consume smaller amounts of food throughout the night. The specific cause is not yet clear; the possible reasons include hormonal imbalance, sleep-wake cycle issues, genetics, and history of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders. The treatments include medications such as antidepressants and melatonin, cognitive behavioral therapy (hyperlink), and relaxation techniques.