10 of the Strangest Sleep Disorders

From snacking to sex--a look at the unusual things some of us do while asleep (11 Photos)

Marissa Capodanno on Aug 20, 2012 at 4:10PM

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10 of the Strangest Sleep Disorders

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Sleep Eating

Episodes usually involve high-calorie foods (or other oddities like coffee grounds, cat food or cleaning products) eaten over a very short time and without the sleeper's knowledge. Because sleep-related eating is both a sleep disorder and an eating disorder, the Mayo Clinic points out that the effects can be complex, especially if the sleeper has other conditions such as diabetes or food allergies. The first signs of the disorder often occur when patients are in their 20s. Substance abuse withdrawal, medication side effects and separation anxiety can all trigger sleep eating.
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