Question by Z: What has the symptoms of insomnia and lack of appetite?
Hey there. I have a friend who hasn’t been eating a lot for awhile now. She never ever gets hungry, or any sort of gnawing pain in her stomach. She just gets a small feel of emptiness inside and she forces herself to eat at least a meal a day so she doesn’t starve on accident.
She also feels tired occassionally, but she never actually is sleepy. Recently, she couldn’t sleep for several hours until about 6 AM or so, when she just passed out on her bed.
Are these the symptoms of something? Is there any way to treat this?
If it helps any, she stays up late, and doesn’t eat a lot in general, though she has a fast metabolism.
I’m sure she isn’t anorexic. She doesn’t force herself to be skinny, but she doesn’t eat a lot in general. (Too busy with other things, she says.) But she still eats snacks from time to time when she IS busy. However, she IS rather underweight. It’s also hard to tell if she’s pale since she’s tanned anyway. Her hair has gotten a little nappy since summer started.
Her insomnia might be caused by caffeine intake and her bad sleeping schedule. I’m sure that can be fixed though with tiring her out enough (exercise, doing something tiring and exciting during the day, etc…). As for the loss of appetite, though, I’m still not sure what to do.
She also told me she felt like she wanted to vomit a few times and that she feels pretty ill.
Another thing one of my friends came up with… The hours of sleep affect your appetite. If you don’t sleep enough, you get hungrier, but if you sleep too much, you don’t have an appetite. It makes sense, but would this be a possibility, you guys think? I’m hoping it is, because then it wouldn’t be as serious. As for the insomnia in general, it might be the abuse of caffeine mixed with a bad sleeping schedule. (Before she started having this problem, she would sleep at around 2 to 4 AM for about ten to twelve hours. Now she sleeps about nine hours, at 6 or 7 AM to around 3 PM.)
Answer by ima…..
Anorexia Nervosa may be causing other problems like anemia, general weakness etc.
Get her checked up.
PS- (after ad det)- If it is not deliberate, she needs check up. Make sure her liver functions are OK. If she eats in between meals, she will not feel hungry at meal time. She has to make a regular routine. I understand that it may be difficult, but it’s necessary for maintaining good health. Eat healthy and go for physical exercise daily.
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