Night Eating with Bipolar Leads to More Anxiety and Worse Sleep

Last Updated: 30 Nov 2018

Eating excessively at night can lead to heightened anxiety and can interfere with healthy sleep, new research shows


August 1, 2018, FORTALEZA, Italy—People with bipolar disorder who also have night eating syndrome have more disorder-related problems, a new study says.

Brazilian researchers found that people with bipolar were more likely than people without the disorder to have night eating syndrome, in which people eat less during the day but take part in excessive eating at night.

People with bipolar who had night eating disorder had more anxiety, poorer functioning and worse sleep.

The study, which appeared in the journal Sleep Medicine, was entitled “Night eating in bipolar disorder.”

Learn more:
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Source: ScienceDirect

  1. I don’t have the late night eating problem. My problem is being is not eating. I have to remind myself to eat. I’m in pain and it does affect my appetite. I wish I could have an appetite. I’m Bipolar 1 diagnosed at 27. I was diagnosed with Lupas in High School later at 18 was given a correct diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Still autoimmune disorder. I’m not 51 and the I have problems with medication to. I’ve been hospitalized for both Bipolar 1 and Ankylosing Spondylitis. I’ve had my left Hip replaced 1 1/2 year ago. I refuse prednisone due to my Bipolar. I will not have a Hysterectomy either due to my Bipolar had an Uterine Ablation which has been wonderful. I highly recommend it due to I’ve had 3 cousins who have suffered broken bones 2 in their feet and 1 in their ankle after having a Hysterectomy.

  2. I have bipolar 2 and this is a major issue for me! At this point this is disrupting my life even more than the major mood imbalances. I need advice on how to combat this!!! Does anyone have any???

  3. I have Bipolar 2..but also suffer greatly from Crohns…eating is a hassle all the time. I do seem to be hungry most of late night and barely hungry during the day. Eatung at night totally screws with my digestive system thanks to Crohns…i know this but cravings are so bad i cave in..pain all night so I can’t sleep! Duh!

    Anxiety bad all the time but worse at night for sure…boy I need to work on this for my Crohns and Bipolar!!
    P.s…I’m on Prednisone which heightens hunger so doesn’t help my cravings!!

    1. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 19. I am now 59. Suffered for many yrs then had to have an ileostomy at 28.
      I also have bipolar 2. I do take Xanax for anxiety and it seems to help but I tend to eat stuff before going to bed.
      Not good at all. I think I might be eating out of boredom. Not sure.
      Also have lots of trouble with sleeping so I’m sure the late night eating is not helping me at all. I need to work on this.
      Good luck to you. I’m here if you need to talk.

      1. If you further your research on Prednisone you will find it’s not a good medication for people that suffer from bipolar. I’m thankful to have a family doctor that is as proactive in my care as I am. Steroids are something that I stay away from due to my bipolar disorder. Wish you all the best!

  4. Have bipolar I also do this so I can keep my stomach flat during the day

  5. I’ve been suffering with this for many years. My Dr. Never said anything about it. Makes sense that I read about it on FB. At least I know it’s not just me suffering. I feel the need that I HAVE to eat. Other people don’t understand that it’s not something I can control. I can’t sleep if I don’t eat. Then I eat and don’t sleep. Then severe anxiety about eating and not getting enough sleep!

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