Your doctor will ask questions about your medical history to rule out possible underlying causes of a sleep-related eating disorder. Certain medications, for instance, for insomnia or depression, can cause a sleep-related eating disorder.
Your doctor will likely also recommend a video-recorded sleep study called polysomnography — a painless assessment. Through sensors on your scalp, temples, chest and legs, a computer records your brain waves, the oxygen level in your blood, your heart rate and breathing, as well as eye and leg movements during the study.
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