Transit Time? More sleep = less Poop?

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 6/19/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I really notice a difference in my bowel movements when I take a mild anti-depressant or other sleeping pill at night. It's as if it is the only way my body gets all the way to sleep? My trips to the lu are less frequent and more formed come morning.

If I don't sleep well, lets just say, I'm popping out a 100 pennies instead of any rolls of quarters! And I NEVER feel DONE.

Anyone else notice a correlation between sleep and better poops?

Any suggestions on how to SLOW things down without popping these pills?
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds
Noticing a real difference with a Gluten-Free diet.
Currently on:
Cimzia (started 2-12-09)
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Forvia vitamins, and calcium chewies
Prednisone free, again! WHOOPIE!

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   Posted 6/19/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hard to say really, alot depends on the severity of the flare too, when I'm at my worst my CD will wake me up many times during the night while I'm asleep, my mom has UC and takes sleeping pills on occassion, she sometimes wakes up in the am and finds she's pooped herself while sleeping and not woken up during it.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 6/19/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
there is some strong evidence to suggest that a minimum of 8 hours of sleep or more is required for CD patients...constant pooping makes us exhausted. Resting helps our immune system and re-charge our batteries. So resting is a must and keeping stress level down is also important, but this might not necessarily alter the clinical disease activity

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   Posted 6/19/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't notice it with sleep, I actually poop more at sleep time. But those meds are good for slowing the system down. Never tried the depressant but the sleeping pill slows everything in me down.
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional random junk food breaks :)
No meds ever.

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 6/19/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
patientspiders said...

If I don't sleep well, lets just say, I'm popping out a 100 pennies instead of any rolls of quarters! And I NEVER feel DONE.
Lol... Thats a great way to describe my bm's... I'll have to use that.  And most of the time I never feel done either.  I recently went to 3rd shift and sleeps been hard to come by and it's really messed up my bowels... Stopped up for a few days then it comes like crazy.  I have started on a sleep aid a few days ago and it seems to be helping, maybe it'll start balancing out.
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