Zolpidem and amnestic sleep related eating disorder

J Clin Sleep Med. 2007 Oct 15;3(6):637-8.


Nocturnal eating disorders are more common than previously thought. Sleep related eating disorder has been described in association with zolpidem. A review of the literature revealed the presence of 6 previously reported cases. In this presentation, the case of a 46-year-old female who developed sleep related eating disorder when she was treated with zolpidem for insomnia is reported. The patient recovered totally when zolpidem was stopped. Drug-induced sleep related eating disorders should be considered when evaluating patients with nocturnal eating.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Amnesia, Anterograde / chemically induced
  • Compulsive Behavior / chemically induced
  • Depression / complications
  • Depression / drug therapy
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / chemically induced*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / administration & dosage
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / adverse effects*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pyridines / administration & dosage
  • Pyridines / adverse effects*
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / complications
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Zolpidem


  • Hypnotics and Sedatives
  • Pyridines
  • Zolpidem