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Anorexia and insomnia? - July 25th 2010, 01:32 PM

I couldn't find the answer online, but what exactly is the correlation between anorexia (or any other eating disorder) and insomnia? How does an eating disorder drain your energy and exhaust you, yet make it impossible to sleep at the same time?



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Re: Anorexia and insomnia? - July 25th 2010, 01:40 PM

Its not insomnia. Hunger hurts and is uncomfortable so your body will not let you relax or wind down. I know it would make sense to let you sleep...but you just cannot if you're that hungry.



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Re: Anorexia and insomnia? - July 25th 2010, 02:32 PM

To add to that--sleep is a healthy body function. So, if things aren't right, and you're not in a healthy place, sleep won't happen. That's why people with depression often say that they're so tired but can't sleep. Same thing here, with EDs.

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