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Sleep pattern and IBS?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

So I have IBS and absolutely NOTHING helps. But I have noticed one thing: If I sleep late, it gets much much better. That means staying in bed to after 10 o'clock in the morning. It doesn't depend on how MUCH I sleep, it could also be six hours - but if I wake up late, it's fine. Vice versa - if I go to bed at 9 or 10 and wake up at 6 I will have the worst cramps ever.

What the hell does this mean? I have to go to work etc., so sleeping all day doesn't fix it. Any idea?

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on March 27, 2013
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RK, google Bowel Motility Morning or Gastric MOtility Morning - lots comes up. Like this: http://books.google.ca/books?id=mzn1uWQG71sC&pg=PA377&dq=bowel+motility+morning&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rgJTUYvfFKStigKyiID4Cw&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=bowel%20motility%20morning&f=false

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on March 27, 2013
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this is such a nice thought renee! thanks, wouldn't have though of this! one thing is, that before i have ibs, i bever used to go to the bathroom in the morning, so my own 'natural' gastric motility isn't active at this time.

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Renee this is very interesting. I can't work out or run in the early morning - instant barfing and diarrhea. After 9 am is okay. Do you remember any resources on this?

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on March 27, 2013
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Gastric motility is greatest in the morning - I think I read somewhere between 5 and 7 am. Which is one reasons why many people go to the bathroom as part of their morning routine - it's when nature calls. So maybe, since you have IBS, the contractions of your bowel are extreme, so when they happen it causes cramps. But if you can sleep through that "active bowel" phase, then you avoid the cramping. Just a theory.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on March 27, 2013
at 12:28 PM

Renee this is very interesting. I can't work out or run in the early morning - instant barfing and diarrhea. After 9 am is okay. Do you remember any resources on this?

006f2e9b763058ff2332681c206563e4

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on March 27, 2013
at 12:56 PM

this is such a nice thought renee! thanks, wouldn't have though of this! one thing is, that before i have ibs, i bever used to go to the bathroom in the morning, so my own 'natural' gastric motility isn't active at this time.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on March 27, 2013
at 02:33 PM

RK, google Bowel Motility Morning or Gastric MOtility Morning - lots comes up. Like this: http://books.google.ca/books?id=mzn1uWQG71sC&pg=PA377&dq=bowel+motility+morning&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rgJTUYvfFKStigKyiID4Cw&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=bowel%20motility%20morning&f=false

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on March 27, 2013
at 09:09 PM

Is there a stress/relaxation connection? Maybe a magnesium supplement could help?

But you say nothing helps. Have you tried magnesium? Vitamin D? bone broth?

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on March 27, 2013
at 07:15 PM

Ray Medina always has interesting stuff on the role of gut flora. Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome And Endotoxemia It may help if you improved your gut flora to fight off the gram negative E Coli.

I found that increasing my 25(OH)D level to 125nmol/l (50ng/ml) solved my problem with antibiotic resistant e coli it and repeat UTI. It's possible it has the same impact on the root cause of IBS Vitamin D3 as a novel treatment for irritable bowel syndrome:

Grassrootshealth have charts showing how much Vitamin D3 generally required to reach 125nmol/l (50ng/ml) Amazon usually have cheap 5000iu vitamin D3. 25(OH)D testing available by post Grassrootshealth, The Vitamin D Council. Allow 3~5 months to build levels up. CityAssays in the UK £25 (Birmingham NHS path lab)

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on March 27, 2013
at 12:30 PM

I used to find that when I slept in later my stomach would feel better too. Do you usually eat something for breakfast when you wake up earlier vs skipping breakfast and having one less meal when you sleep in until 10? Maybe your breakfast choice/timing is irritating your gut.

For me I found it was a stress response (your brain and gut are linked more than you may think). Waking up to an alarm, cramming some food down my throat and rushing off to work made my stomach feel like crap. What made a huge difference for me was creating a routine that helped relax me in the morning instead of waking up feeling stressed. I got a lumee lamp to wake up naturally to light and now I spend 20 minutes sitting outside with a hot cup of tea and enjoying (aka actually digesting) my breakfast -- it just took a little more planning the night before. For some people its 10 minutes of stretching, a little exercise or just doing something you find relaxing. Just a thought :)

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