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Readers Respond: What Effect Does Sleep Have on Your IBS?

Responses: 11


Updated October 02, 2012

From the article: IBS and Sleep
Research indicates that there is a relationship between IBS and sleep. Is that the case for you? Do you see a connection between the quality of your sleep and the severity of your symptoms? Tell us what you have noticed about how sleep affects your IBS and find out what happens with others.

Night shift 1month

When I start a night shift, it will trigger IBS episodes for me.
—Guest Bobby

I need sleep

I have severe IBS and it's impossible to sleep. I have to wake up constantly to pee and then it's too hard to fall back to sleep since I have awful pressure from gas and c plus pounding headaches. I have severe menstrual cycles too so when that happens I don't sleep at all. I get migraines and horrible ibs attacks from lack of sleep plus dark black eye circles like a zombie. I wish I could sleep and never wake up.
—Guest kelli

Bird 39

I too find I'm awakened from a deep sleep, several times a night due to cramps, lately it's every night. So far all tests proving negative. If I find an answer I'll print it.
—Guest bennybean

Enough sleep helps IBS

When I get 7+ hrs of sleep at night, my IBS is much better. Anything less than that, leaves my stomach difficult and more susceptible to daily problems. Hard to do that with 2 kids + high stress job!
—Guest Gabrielle

The next day...

I have really been finding lately that the days I don't get woken up by an alarm, so 8-9 hrs of sleep, I'm almost always symptom free but the nights I stay up too late and reduce myself to 5-6hrs of sleep that my stomach becomes unstable, whether I was drinking the night before or not. One thing I have found starting to help along side a good nights sleep is slippery elm. If you haven't heard of it check it out. As far as the symptoms go I usually never experience them after like 6pm. It seems to strictly be a morning thing. Avoiding "beer" specifically seems to help as well. Flavored vodka and club soda here I come!!
—Guest Breno

Bad Nights

When I am severely stressed my anxiety increases and thus I am unable to sleep. As I further researched and started on yoga and a strict diet, my sleep improved.

A Refuge

Fortunately for me, sleep is generally a refuge from the nightmare of IBS. My symptoms usually subside late at night and I'm able to fall asleep and stay asleep without interference from IBS, which is a blessing! Then I usually wake up symptom free. However, occasionally it happens that if I turn onto my right side during the night, I immediately get abdominal pain and have to change positions. Other than that, sleep is a pleasant escape from IBS.

Tired every morning.

I sleep light and takes hours to fall asleep. Nightly I end up with 3-5 hours of sleep. Seems like I never get a deep, refreshing, fully rested sleep. IBS for 28 years (since 10 y/o). And tired ever since. My GAD is definitely related to both: (
—Guest Will

i would love to sleep all night

i find my ibs acts up at night with pain, i don't know if its habit but i never sleep till morning without being woken up sometimes it makes me very depressed.

Good Sleep, Good IBS Day

I love when I sleep through the whole night without waking up once because then I know that my stomach will be normal, at least for one day!
—Guest jamie131

Keeps Me Up at Night

When my IBS gets really bad, the stomach pain keeps me up at night. Sometimes I wonder if I should be driving myself to the ER, but I don't have faith that they will be of much help.

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