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Help with sleeping

Hi all. UC sufferer here, currently in the midst of a full blown flare-up, the worst I've ever had. Over the past few weeks I've found getting to sleep increasingly difficult, if not impossible. Laying down seems to trigger something in my stomach, a gradual build up of pressure that stops me falling asleep and makes me get up multiple times through the night, with urgency (typically just to pass liquid). Have taken to propping myself up with extra pillows to counter this but I'm still not able to avoid it. Tried laying on both sides, and my front, to no avail. Also had several instances, on rare occasions when I have finally dropped off, of waking up with severe night sweats; absolutely drenched. Just wondering if anyone else has gone through anything similar, has any tips or suggestions, or things that worked for them? At the end of my tether over here. Many thanks.

  1. Hi J Brighton,
    This sounds like a really tough situation to be in. I want to first encourage you to talk to your doctor about this, if you haven't done so already.

    I also found an article that I think may help to explain why this is happening to you at night. There have been some links to IBD symptoms and circadian rhythm. Here's the link if you want to read a bit more about that: https://inflammatoryboweldisease.net/living/circadian-rhythms

    I haven't been able to find any solid sleeping tips from someone in your exact situation (specifically dealing with sleep position) but I did find a couple more generic article on sleeping tips: https://inflammatoryboweldisease.net/living/sleep-better-tips
    https://inflammatoryboweldisease.net/living/curse-bed

    Lastly, here is some more info on night sweats with few tips on how to make them a tad bit more manageable.

    I know none of these alone are perfect options, but I hope you can find a few useful tips to help you get some much needed rest.

    Kindly, Crystal (IBD team)

    1. Thank you. I was indeed in touch with a doctor, and was hospitalised not long after, now concentrating on recovery. Many thanks.

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