View this newsletter on

Sleep and IBS

Help for IBS with Heather's Tummy Care!

Help       Get       Help       Follow

Sleep and IBS. Does losing sleep make Irritable Bowel Syndrome worse?

  • Yes! Sleep loss is a physical body stressor.

  • Stress of any kind inhibits the parasympathetic nervous system, and stimulates excessive adrenaline production, which upsets the rhythmic muscle contractions of the gut. This triggers IBS symptoms.

  • Double whammy. Lack of sleep causes not just fatigue but a lower stress-tolerance level on top of that.

  • Upshot? When you're tired, IBS is much more likely to flare.

  • There's a direct link between morning IBS symptoms and quality of the previous night's sleep.

  • What helps? Keep a consistent bedtime and morning alarm time. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep a night.

  • If you can get 9 or 10 (I know, impossible for many people), your body might really thank you.

  • If you're tired, go to bed earlier than usual. Sleep in on weekends if you need to catch up.

  • Take cat naps (or dog naps!) whenever possible.

  • Turner - Canine Executive Officer of
    Nap time with Turner, CEO
    (Canine Executive Officer)

  • Keep your bedroom as cool, dark, and quiet as possible. All three factors make a big difference in how deeply and how long you sleep.

  • Adapt your work or school schedule to accommodate your sleep needs as much as possible and practical.

  • If you consistently have trouble falling asleep, or awaken at night with IBS symptoms, check the First Year IBS for comprehensive information and help.

Tip Takeaway: Getting deep sleep - and enough of it - is a key factor to keeping IBS under control. Do everything you can to get the quantity and quality of sleep you need for your health and life.

Heather Van Vorous
Heather Van Vorous &
Heather's Tummy Care

Over 15 Years of IBS Business!
    Have other IBS questions? Please call us toll free 866-640-4942.

Outside the continental US? Call direct 206-264-8069.

Get more IBS help at!

See all the IBS Quick Tips!

Thank you for your continued support!

The goal of Heather's Tummy Care is to do good in the world - not just for IBS, but for our employees, our customers, our natural world and its magnificent creatures, and both our local and global communities. We contribute to national and international environmental and wildlife protection funds.

Albatross on Midway Atoll in plastic garbage.

Millions of albatross chicks starve
to death on plastic ocean garbage.
Speak Up

Elephants are being poached into extinction.

Help us end elephant slaughter.
Speak Up

You're on this newsletter list because you have expressed interest in IBS news and information.
Unsubscribe Here

Change your newsletter email address here.

If you are viewing this newsletter on a website and would like to subscribe for email delivery, please "Join the IBS Newsletter" here.

Heather's Tummy Care
19203 70th Ave S
Kent, WA 98032 USA

© 2018 Heather Van Vorous, Heather's Tummy Care. All rights reserved.
Authored by Heather Van Vorous. May not be reproduced without permission.
USA Copyright Office Registration Number TXU 1-270-858 and others. BBB Business Review