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What steps can I take before I see my doctor to evaluate sleep eating?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Here are some action steps you can take in advance of meeting with your doctor. The answers can help make a diagnosis and guide treatment decisions.

• Ask your bedmate (if you have one) if they notice anything unusual
  occurring while you sleep

• Get a comprehensive medical exam to rule out any medical and mental
  health conditions

• Keep a sleep diary and write down how often you get up to eat (if
  alert and awake)

• Review all prescription, over-the-counter medications and dietary
  supplements to see if any could be affecting your sleep

• Stop taking prescription sleep medications to see if that helps

• Assess your sleep environment and sleep hygiene practices and make
  changes if necessary

• Keep high-calorie, empty carbohydrates out of the pantry and
  refrigerator

• Assess your level of hunger in the morning and note the time of your
  first meal

• Calculate how many calories you eat before and after dinner to see
  what percentage is eaten at night

• Find a doctor that will not dismiss your suspicions

• Identify any triggers such as stress and implement stress reduction
  techniques to quell urges

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