Sarah Carter*, 34, would wake up in a bed full of cake.
She would have no memory of eating and yet be surrounded by evidence that said otherwise. Sarah, like many others, suffers from sleep-related eating disorder (SRED).
“I would wake up with cake in the bed, cereal, bread, peanut butter,” she said.
Sleep-related eating disorder is a parasomnia (category of sleep disorder) where individuals will help themselves to food before waking up with little to no recollection of doing so. Foods chosen by sufferers can range from smoothies to buttered cigarettes.
Sarah described how her episodes occurred during periods where she was dieting.
“It used to happen every time I would be on a very calorie restrictive diet,” she said.