15 Symptoms And Common Signs Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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8. Difficulty Sleeping or Sleep Disturbances

Great Lakes Psychology Group

Another symptom of IBS which seems quite out of the ordinary is having difficulty sleeping and other types of sleep disturbances. This includes difficulty falling asleep, frequent waking in the middle of the night – sometimes accompanied by having a bowel movement rather than having to urinate – sleeping for shorter hours, not feeling refreshed or rested after a night of sleep, having stomach or abdominal pain in the middle of the night or feeling pain when they wake up at night. All of these sleep issues can have a harmful impact on a person’s general well-being, crippling a person’s quality of life. Plus most IBS patients share that they have worse symptoms of the condition after a bad night of sleep as well.