Nocturnal Eating Syndrome
Nocturnal eating syndrome is often associated with somnambulism. People get up and eat, or even prepare meals, while asleep. Nocturnal eating syndrome is more common in women than in men, and tends to manifest between twenty and thirty years of age. The disorder is often triggered by stress, depression or medication.
Complications of nocturnal eating syndrome include weight gain, and the possibility of choking as the somnambulist eats. The risk of injuries is also high; people may cut themselves while preparing meals, or suffer burns while cooking.
Night terrors are one of the most disturbing of parasomnias, resulting in a “fight or flight” reaction while asleep that can lead to injuries or violence. More information on this disorder is available on the Night Terrors page.
Confusional arousal is more common in children than adults. The affected person cries out and thrashes around. Attempts to comfort the person are unsuccessful. After a period of time (possibly as long as half and hour), the person calms, wakes up briefly, and then falls back asleep.