Breaking the vicious cycle: A relaxing sleep is especially important when suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

(djd). Patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) know that a stressful day and non-balanced, hectically eaten meals are bad for their digestive system. The results are abdominal pain and cramps, flatulence, diarrhea or constipation. IBS is one of the most often diagnosed illness of the digestive system. In Germany alone, more than five million people suffer from that illness which has only recently been recognized as a separate illness.

Sleep disorders have a negative impact on the illness

Many patients do not know that there is a correlation between sleep disorders and a worsening of the illness’ symptoms. A new study shows that IBS patients often suffer from sleep disorders which leads to a worsening of the symptoms, the patients’ well-being and more abdominal pain, all of which has a negative impact on their quality of life. A true vicious circle. The more important it is that IBS patients ensure they get a relaxing sleep.

A first step to achieve that is to alleviate pain and cramps. Medication with the active ingredient scopolamine butyl bromide ca be helpful. It is well-tolerated and directly affects the symptoms. The antispasmodic effect sets in after only 15 minutes and quickly relaxes the abdomen. Additionally, the ingredient has proven to be effective against pain and cramps caused by food intolerance, common colds or stress.

Tips for a relaxing sleep

Alleviating the symptoms will lead to a more relaxing sleep. Additionally, there is a lot you can do yourself to make sure you will get a relaxing sleep: A quiet, dark and not too cold room, removing all electronic devices from the bedroom, choosing the right mattress and abstaining from caffeine and alcohol in the evening. A regular bedtime and a nightcap, such as balm and fennel tea, are also helpful and soothing for the digestive system.

Living  consciously and  relaxing  regularly  can  have a  positive  impact on  the  treatment of IBS

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