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I have always suffered from insomnia, since I was a child. The IBS didn't seem to manifest until I was in my early 20s. I will say that when I have insomnia, I feel hung over. I will also feel very anxious which then will bring on the IBS attacks. So I am not sure if insomnia is actually a symptom of IBS or if our anxiety from getting lack of sleep can trigger an attack. That is my thought.
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He works long hours and only gets time off every other weekend and we get in the time we can when we can unfortunately. Some things cannot be changed and this is one of them. I do know when we skip our few times we get to talk and can discuss our son (who is Autistic so there is a lot to discuss too), the stress gets to me and that causes flares too.
I can identify with being unable to sleep. What I have heard is that when you are sleeping, your body has an opportunity to regroup and repair itself from the day before. It is important to rest and give your body a chance to create renewed energy for you. I have not thought about any connection between IBS and the lack of sleep. I could not sleep the other night, and I felt real hung over the next day. I still have not yet caught up on sleep. Maybe you should talk to your son's dad when you are more alert, and go to bed earlier at night. That is just a suggestion.
My IBS-D has been pretty much managed this week. The most it has been in years. But last night I was up late (til 5AM) talking online to my son's dad (its a long distance thing) and I woke up feeling like I was hung over, and my bottom has had that I gotta go feeling since.
Is this a normal thing with IBS, or am I just an oddball? I suffer insomnia a lot, and wonder now if maybe sleep does really effect some of the control I have over my IBS. I become immune to sleeping remedies. Even natural ones, so its hard to find a way to get my sleep patterns back to normal. But if it is a direct effect on my potty issues, I know I need to take it more seriously and find ways to get back to getting enough sleep.
Does anybody else notice differences in their managing of their IBS with how much sleep they get?