The links to book excerpts below are from Overcoming Overeating by Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter.
It's So Hard To Say Goodbye:
This book changed the way I think about eating. It has a perspective of food and eating that I hadn't thought of until I read it. I don't struggle with nighttime eating at the moment, though I have at several points of my life. I probably would now if I could sleep on a full stomach like I once did. The way I sleep has changed all that yet again. Don't get me wrong, I don't go to bed hungry, but I know that I won't rest well if I eat too much before bed.
To me overeating is about boredom for some of us, but my thinking at one point (when I was in the throes of eating too much every night) was that my body may be having some ancient hard-wired reaction. It may have been telling me, "What if I can't eat again." In other words, food will be scarce (even though it most certainly is not in my case) so I'd better get my fill NOW!