Robbie Williams recently revealed in a video blog that he has been suffering from a rare health condition called Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorder. What is it and why do some of us do it?
The condition is responsible for causing Robbie to wake up in the night for a midnight snack whilst being totally unaware he is doing so. Robbie believes that this is the cause of his fluctuating weight.
Our Sleep Expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, weighs in on the condition:
"In my experience of working with such 'disorders' there's usually an underlying emotional cause. Robbie clearly pushes himself very hard and seems to be somewhat of a perfectionist which can leave him feeling as if nothing he's doing is good enough and fearing letting people down.
Nocturnal eating can be related to failure to meet one's own emotional needs. In traditional Chinese medicine the sleep phase post-midnight is related to balancing emotions of the heart. Robbie needs to ask himself 'what is it that I really need and how can I meet this need? Who can I turn to? There's also something here about valuing himself and bolstering his sense of self worth. This might stop him reaching out at night - for the wrong things."