Table 1

Main differences between NES and SRED

Level of awareness during ingestionRecollection of ingestionTypes and amounts of ingested materialAssociations
NESGenerally aware of behaviour, may report behaviour as ‘automatic’ on awakeningRecalls the following dayControlled amount of foodObesity and mood disorders
SREDDecreased or absence of awarenessPartial or complete amnesia the following dayUncontrolled amount of non-food or bizarre itemsUnderlying primary sleep disorders, obesity and mood disorders
PatientRemained aware throughout episodeRecalled the following daySmall amount of food from fridgeMild obstructive sleep apnoea
  • The last row describes the patient’s characteristics.

  • NES, night eating syndrome; SRED, sleep-related eating disorder.