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Sleep Tips for Crohn's and Colitis

If you have IBD, you are most likely lacking quality sleep, especially if you’re in a flare

There pretty much isn’t one thing that sleep ISN’T good for (except maybe getting everything you want done in one day?!)

There are many factors you can’t control when it comes to sleep, so focus on what you can:

1️⃣ Do some physical activity every day. Even light stretching can make a big difference if you’re low on energy

2️⃣ Get outside or look out a window, especially first thing in the morning (this programs your body to keep a natural circadian rhythm). Avoid blue light from screens 1-2 hours before bed as it delays melatonin production

3️⃣ Avoid stimulating activities right before bed and instead focus on relaxing routines (please, please, please no news!)

4️⃣ Talk to your doctor about adjusting medications that may be interfering with your sleep (steroids), and ask if antidiarrheals are appropriate for you to reduce trips to the bathroom at night

5️⃣ If you have night sweats, take a cool shower before bed, wear lightweight pajamas and open a window or use a fan for fresh air

6️⃣ If pain wakes you up at night, talk to your doctor about pain medication, drink soothing teas such as peppermint or chamomile, or take an epsom salt bath

7️⃣ Check with your healthcare provider about natural sleep aids such as Ashwagandha, magnesium, melatonin, or valerian

If you need help with sleep and rest, schedule a discovery call today!


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