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5 tips to help you sleep better with Crohn’s Disease

Sleeping through the entire night is difficult when you have Crohn’s Disease, especially if you are experiencing a flare. Getting up multiple times throughout the night to use the restroom is inevitable. Unending abdominal cramping keeps you up tossing and turning all night. Intense bloating doesn’t allow you to find a comfortable resting position. Night sweats and fever wake you in the midst of dreaming and side effects from medications can keep your mind racing into the morning.

Sleep suddenly becomes a major issue when living with Crohn’s, and trying to get a full night’s rest can quickly turn into a pipe dream. But, there are some helpful tips that can ensure a better night’s rest with Crohn’s.

Here are 5 tips that may help you sleep better with Crohn’s:

1. Use an essential oil diffuser

I have this as number one because I found it that effective! Let’s face it. When you are sick, all you want is to feel better. Any sort of relief or comfort is angelic to experience when you are enduring pain.

During a horrible flare, a family member lent me their essential oil diffuser. I put it in my room and diffused Lavender and Frankincense as I was in miserable pain in bed. The moment I began to smell the oils in the air, I felt like I was in a spa. I felt transported elsewhere. It was so therapeutic and healing that I was able to relax for the first time, in a long time. I was so tense from the stress and pain from my flare-up that I didn’t realize how tense I truly was.

I kid you not. I fell asleep shortly after. The aroma from the oils changed the atmosphere of my room and I was able to sleep. I highly recommend getting one and putting it in your room to aid with rest.

2. Music therapy

Play low relaxing music to help get you to sleep. I have various playlists on my phone that have nature sounds and spa music. I set my volume low and play the music as I am trying to sleep. Music is so healing. Don’t forget to use it as a tool to help with rest.

3. Invest in high-quality bedding

This is huge. Unfortunately, we spend a lot of time in our beds due to our diagnosis and that is why it is so important that we are comfortable in our bedding. I say splurge on good sheets, pillows, and duvets. The more comfortable you are, the more likely you will be able to sleep.

4. Make sure the temperature is just right

It is suggested that the best temperature for sleep is between 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you are not trying to fall asleep in a room that is too warm. For me personally, when I was flaring, I liked a cool room so that I could be beneath the sheets and comforter without feeling warm or uncomfortable.

5. Get blackout curtains

Sleeping during the day becomes a necessity when you have Crohn’s, and having blackout curtains in your room is the absolute best. Being able to rest midday without sun rays creeping into your room is total bliss.

You can get blackout curtains online and at any home good store. You can find them at really affordable pricing and it is so worth the purchase!

I hope these tips are helpful. Share below any tips you’d like to add, we love hearing from you!

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  • LoriOz
    3 months ago

    Wonderful tips. I too love my essential oils diffuser. Might I also suggest a dab of the lavender on the temples and inner wrists. I even dab it on my upper lip sometimes but not full strength. I have one that is diluted with sweet almond oil.

  • Julie Marie Palumbo moderator
    3 months ago

    These are wonderful suggestions! I love my essential oil diffuser, and you are right, it really makes me feel like I am at a spa and I can just focus on the scent and my breathing. Thank you for sharing these great tips, Elizabeth!

    –Julie (Team Member)

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