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

Responses: 18


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. Share Your Experience!

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

no pain when asleep

The time that I'm asleep is my only respite, as soon as I wake up i have a few minutes and then the cramping, twisting, contorted, feeling returns. I really wish I could sleep forever. :(
—Guest hadenoughofibslad

Sleep really helps

When I get about nine hours of sleep, my IBS symptoms are significantly better. Unfortunately they get worse as the day persist. I usually stay up till late at night because the pain, especially in my right side abdomen, gets really bad at the wee hours. Do to other reasons I’m on disability pension and can regulate my activity period as I need to. Anyway, sleep really helps. When I wake up I’m almost symptom free.
—Guest Hafvandr

next morning

I can usually fall asleep but the symptoms are worst in the morning. I cannot sleep longer than 8 hours. I find that sleeping on my left side is easier. Stay propped up.
—Guest goob

good nights sleep

Feel like shite some mornings, like i got no energy and dizzy. i feel that if i go to bed to late like 12:00 i have trouble sleeping but if i go at 10:30 to 11:00 and wake round about 7:00 i feel much more refreshed for the day. i find symptoms and fatigue much worse if i sleep longer to, 8 hours max for me guys.
—Guest chris palmer

Sleeping Position

I have found that the position i sleep in can affect my bowel movements. If I don't sleep in a position that rests my back properly, I get woken up in the middle of the night with a strong urge to go to the toilet. I have also found that switching from laying on my left to laying on my right, or vice versa, can affect how the sensation in my bowels feel, be it worse or more relieving.
—Guest jonb

It's definitely connected

Hi, I just want to say I have long noticed the connection between the ibs symptoms both in the morning and during the night and the way I wake up in the morning. No matter how many hours I sleep, if I have the typical ibs symptoms I will wake up tired. Unfortunately for me, that's frequent. I've been using an iPhone app called sleep cycle and if has been proving my theory, by showing an average sleep quality on many of these nights. Hope the doctors really get into this, as this disease and, most of all, it's effect on sleep quality ( and not the other way around, from what I can tell) is very annoying, to say the least! Regards
—Guest Pedro


Im 10 & having pain at half 2 in the morning is not helping my whole body reboot. As early as I go to bed around the same pain comes at the same time. I'm on tablets and pain killer. But it all wakes me up all the time. Seeing my family sleep without.me is horrible. As I am so young I would not really be allowed sleeping pills, is there any good ways to sit with cramps and stuck wind? Thank you very much. :)
—Guest Loz

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

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