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Why does mom get hungry at night?

She refuses food during the day but then gets up in the middle of the night and eats anything that does not need to be cooked.
Status: Open    May 28, 2015 - 11:28 PM

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Jun 11, 2015 - 01:05 PM

I believe a better question would be why does she refuse food during the day? Does she sleep during the day therefore is awake at night? Does she have any kind of cognitive impairment which could cause her to have her days and nights mixed up.

The best advice I could give is to sleuth out these answers. If she is sleeping during the day, find activities for her to get involved in during the day such as, adult day programs at senior centers, churchs, or private owned adult day centers or other activities she may like. These programs usually offer a meal as well.

Perhaps she doesn't want to eat alone so she doesn't eat in the day time and then hunger wakes her up at night. Determine ways she could eat some days with a friend, neighbor, pastor, or family.

Perhaps if she is able involve her shopping for food for she can pick out what she likes to eat, supplement her choices with healthy snacks if needed.

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