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Bulimia and sleep disorder

by Carol
(Lincolnshire, England)

I have suffered with Bulemia for over 20 years off and on more on lately. When I go through periods where I do not purge and vomit - usually a couple of days each month, I suffer with dreadful insomnia. Is this because my body is so used to this behaviour? Or what might the reason be?

Shaye Says

Hi Carol!

There are so many reasons why you could be experiencing this insomnia...

As you say, yes, one of the reasons could be that you are so used to this behavior that when you don't do it, your body sub-consciously doesn't feel right and can't unwind... most bulimics use bingeing and purging almost in a way that an alcoholic would use alcohol... To medicate, numb, deal with stress and so on... When you stop using it, a whirlwind of emotions and feelings that you have been suppressing could arise... And this could also keep you up at night.

Another reason is that your blood sugars could be going crazy... Bulimia throws them out of whack - and eating normally for a few days could also cause a change in the sugars - which could keep you up.

Whatever the cause is for your insomnia - I am sure that if you push through the difficult times and keep walking the road to recovery - it will get better. I used to suffer from terrible insomnia which is a hundred times better now that I have recovered and found peace.


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