I’m eating in my sleep! Can you help? A sleep doctor answers your questions

Sleep troubles come in all shapes and sizes — from issues falling asleep, to waking up in the middle of the night, to how to maximize one's deep sleep. Join sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus as he answers burning sleep questions from the community!

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0:00 Ask the Sleep Doctor
0:30 I’ve tried everything, now what?
1:30 Am I getting enough deep sleep?
2:30 I'm waking up to eat. Help!

😴 Michael Breus, Ph.D., is a double board-certified clinical psychologist and sleep expert. He's been in practice since 1999 and helped thousands of patients improve their sleep. Dr. Breus has written five books on sleep and conducted over 1,000 interviews to the press and public.

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  1. What about waking up with hunger pains in the middle of the night? I am trying to loose weight and cutting back on 300-400 calories a day. When I wake to go to the bathroom (normal event for years) I know have trouble falling back asleep because I am hungry! How can I stop this…and eating a protein snack like an egg or hummous and crudite before bed only makes it worse! I know it is not an ulcer, as whenever I eat more normal coloric intake (like over the holidays) these hunger pains go away and return when I calorie restrict. Interesting ly enough, I am not hungry when I wake up…I typically eat breakfast 2-3 hours after waking. I’m 62, post menopausal and do not have T2DM, just trying to loose 20 pounds slowly in the next year.

  2. Every night I dream that a man has desire for me and just when he approches I wake up. What can I do to stop this ?

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