Night Eating Syndrome And Its Effect On Your Weight

Some people have the habit of waking up at night and eating snacks. This is known as the night eating syndrome. Night eating syndrome is a very common problem found in many people. This syndrome can lead to several other complications. One such complication is obesity. Read on to find out how night eating syndrome can lead to or increase obesity and how obesity treatment can help.


There are several symptoms of night eating syndrome:

  • If you don’t feel hungry in the morning.
  • If you prefer to eat between the normal dinner time and your sleeping time.
  • If you are suffering from insomnia at least four to five days every week.
  • If you get the feeling that eating is necessary before going to sleep or if you suddenly wake up in the middle of the night and eat.
  • If you feel depressed more and more as the evening grows on.


Unfortunately, there is no exact cause known for this syndrome. But over the years many doctors have given some plausible reasons as to why this condition might occur.

  1. One of the common reason is said to be hormone imbalance, disrupting the eating patterns
  2. If you have a habit of staying up late and eating, it might cause night eating syndrome. This habit is mainly seen in college students. It becomes hard to break these kinds of patterns later.
  3. Some say that it can also be caused due to regular dieting. If you suddenly reduce the amount of food you are eating during the day, you will, of course, feel hungry later at night. Over time this can become your normal pattern of eating.

The Interrelation Between Obesity And Night Eating Syndrome

One of the obvious effects of night eating syndrome is obesity. Obesity treatment experts have observed over the years that at least 28% of patients undergoing obesity treatment were found with night eating syndrome. Still, there is some confusion about whether obesity is the cause of this syndrome or the effect. People who have obesity can have very irregular eating patterns and most likely eat more at night. On the other hand, if someone does have night eating syndrome, it can lead to obesity.

When you wake up at night, you will most likely eat some kind of snacks rather than any fruits and vegetables. This unhealthy eating can lead to storing of unnecessary fat and also, going to sleep right after eating prevents your body to burn off the calories.

So, even if you are in good health but having night eating syndrome, your weight may increase over time. If you are suffering from both obesity and night eating syndrome, it can lead to other comorbidities related to obesity like High blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases etc. along with increasing your weight further. Night eating syndrome also makes it hard for an obese patient to lose weight.


The necessary step to treat it can be done in two ways. If you only have night eating syndrome and you are not able to get rid of it yourself, your treatment will include cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy. Your sleeping and eating patterns should be kept under observation. Eating breakfast at a fixed time regularly can reset the pattern.

But if you are also suffering from obesity, you will need to lose weight fast. Obesity surgery is one such way to reduce your weight. After surgery, you will need to follow a healthy routine with strict diets and regular exercises. This can also reset your pattern and fix your night eating syndrome. With surgery, you won’t have the urge to eat much at night as well.

So, if you have been diagnosed with night eating syndrome, it is good to get it treated soon.