Can Binge Eating Be Linked to Sleep Issues?

A Perth professor whose research suggests a link between binge eating and sleep problems says the discovery could help improve treatments. Amanda Salis, from the School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia, hoped the findings would help inform health professionals who treated binge eating. "We know that poor sleep does lead to poor health outcomes," Professor Salis said. "For example, you feel tired and cranky the next day. It can even affect your hunger, and your energy levels the next day, and that could make binge eating worse. What are your thoughts LiveTribers? Can binge eating be linked to sleep issues?

Posted by on 01 Feb 2023

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    I agree that binge eating will lead to poor heath, including poor sleep after binge eating.

    Posted by bmlglp on 17 Mar 2023

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    I think so, bingeing can mean you are eating lot and late - too close to bed time, so you wouldn't sleep well then, compared to eating 4 hours before bedtime

    Posted by Miro on 13 Mar 2023

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    Definitely true for me. I have trouble sleeping on a full stomach so I do try to avoid eating late at night.

    Posted by TonyLT on 19 Feb 2023

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    Absolutely. Especially if eating before bed time you'd feel bloated or could give you indigestion. I personally don't eat after 7pm just so I can sleep better.

    Posted by purplesp8y on 19 Feb 2023

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    Perhaps - in my case I wish I could feel hungry as I am forcing myself to have meals at the present time.

    Posted by CILLY0 on 14 Feb 2023

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    This is definitely true in my case.

    Posted by Maryam on 13 Feb 2023

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    Yes ! I can never sleep properly on a full stomach so I would imagine it would affect quality of sleep greatly !

    Posted by Shea on 13 Feb 2023

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    How can this even be a new discovery!!!

    Posted by Kittykato on 13 Feb 2023

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    I know that I prefer to get all my eating done by 6pm at the latest. My sleep is definitely affected if I eat after this especially if it was something really heavy. It's probably better to have a light dinner as well.

    Posted by SagoLeo on 13 Feb 2023

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    for sure,if i eat chips or crackers before bed all th e salt/sodium keeps me awake for hours

    Posted by jewel12 on 13 Feb 2023

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    Yeah, I think eating poorly would affect your health and sleep.

    Posted by Ally42 on 13 Feb 2023

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    I guess this could be the case but I'm sure that sleep problems could cause binge eating as generally eating is impacted by emotional and mental health

    Posted by Jenni on 10 Feb 2023

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    I imagine for some people yes.

    Posted by yelsha42 on 10 Feb 2023

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    I guess it's a vicious cycle. We need to have all round healthy habits.

    Posted by kendallx3 on 10 Feb 2023

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    If I have over eaten I couldn't sleep well but I also couldn't fall asleep if I am starving

    Posted by Elva on 10 Feb 2023

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    Same here! I don't binge eat anyway but if I'm really hungry I don't sleep well so I do have a light snack about 2 hours before bed.

    Posted by vlee on 13 Feb 2023

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    Well I never sleep well if. have over eaten, eaten too late or had too many carbs/sugar, so it makes sense to me

    Posted by Miro on 10 Feb 2023

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    I feel like when I can't sleep, I will eat to pass time

    Posted by Emily on 10 Feb 2023

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    Yes because of feeling full or too much sugar

    Posted by Tarah on 10 Feb 2023

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    it may or may not be as I dont eat a lot the next day if I didnt sleep enough.

    Posted by Paul on 06 Feb 2023

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    Yep it is highly likly.

    Posted by Zi on 06 Feb 2023

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    Yes binge eating can result in sleep issues. Carbs are hard to burn as we wind down for bed. Sugars will hype us up instead of relax us for a peaceful night's sleep.

    Posted by Beljayne on 06 Feb 2023

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    I think this sounds feasible. If I've had a bad sleep, I often seem to eat more the next day. Not sure if it's in a bid to get more energy?

    Posted by Jennifer on 06 Feb 2023

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    I've often thought this to be the case. I don't sleep well, and I'm aware that if I have a very bad night I overeat the following day, as though motivated by a subconscious desire to get the energy I lack.

    Posted by EmmaLouise2023 on 06 Feb 2023

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    Same here. Sleep deprivation and unhealthy eating habits have long been found to be linked. Old news to me.

    Posted by Chin on 06 Feb 2023

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    Very feasible, lack of sleep could also have you heading for high sugar foods to get an energy hit. I also feel it could be a viscous cycle. Poor sleep > binge eating > poor sleep.

    Posted by Helen on 06 Feb 2023

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    I don't see why not. Binge eating can lead to all sorts of digestive issues which would affect a lot of things including sleep.

    Posted by DevChap on 06 Feb 2023

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    Well, many things are linked to sleep issues and binge eating could definitely be one of them.

    Posted by Alex!20 on 06 Feb 2023

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    Yes, binge eating can be linked to sleep issues. Lack of sleep makes a person crave for more food.

    Posted by Vie88 on 06 Feb 2023

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    binge eating makes you hyper active. you have a lot of fat and sugar running through the body from poor food choices, and the digestion has to work extra hard. so of course your up all night, you have alot of energy to burn up. the next day your coming down from it all, so your tired. it really wrecks havoc with your sleep.

    Posted by Megan on 06 Feb 2023

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    I had a big day yesterday and probably not enough sleep, and I definitely felt the need for a sweet hit this morning. Perhaps not quite a binge but certainly a strong craving. It's also easy to eat too many sweets, biscuits etc at night when feeling tired. Need to go to bed earlier instead!

    Posted by sandra on 06 Feb 2023

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    I used to be overweight and it caused me to snore. When I started exercising and eating better, lost. 15-20kgs and my sleep is so much better

    Posted by tutti_cutie on 06 Feb 2023

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    If you are binge eating, the food is probably junk food or foods laden with sugar. This would definitely interfere with your sleep. You would not be getting the proper nutrients your body needs to stay fit and healthy in mind, body and spirit.

    Posted by Christine on 06 Feb 2023

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    I think interrupted sleep can lead to poor food choices the following day. Looking for energy might become a sugar or carb hunt.

    Posted by Kelly on 06 Feb 2023

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    I think Binge eating is a warning sign for deeper issues which could easily affect you sleep

    Posted by wrestling collector on 06 Feb 2023

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    Id say yes as what you eat can have significant effects on the body and its health and wellbeing.

    Posted by Michelle on 06 Feb 2023

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    I am not really an expert on this but i just know that both are unhealthy

    Posted by Jidonskii on 06 Feb 2023

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    Binge eating could be linked to sleep issues. Many things are linked to sleep issues and binge eating could definitely be one of them.

    Posted by merryl on 06 Feb 2023

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    I can't sleep with a full stomach so i gave up binge eating and now sleep fine.

    Posted by Jibberman on 06 Feb 2023

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    I find that if I don't eat enough then I have trouble getting to sleep. If that happens then I will sometimes have a snack or sandwich and try again to sleep.

    Posted by helhy on 06 Feb 2023

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    yes hunger pangs are painful and can give me sleepless times even if i have 2 weetbix i can then sleep like a baby. Womans cycles can effect this

    Posted by Michelle on 06 Feb 2023

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    i actually binge eat and have sleeping problems

    Posted by Trinity on 06 Feb 2023

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    I don't binge eat yet still have problems sleeping sometimes. I find it's worse if I'm hungry and haven't had enough to eat during the day.

    Posted by vlee on 06 Feb 2023

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    I don't binge eat and I don't know anyone that does, but I find if I have a bed night's sleep I don't feel much like eating the following day.

    Posted by Paula on 05 Feb 2023

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    Probably related. Best to use self control and stop being a greedy guts!

    Posted by mact on 03 Feb 2023

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    Probably is, if you are eating when you should be sleeping.

    Posted by ere on 04 Feb 2023

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    I think it is associated with this issue also

    Posted by rickyb595 on 01 Feb 2023

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