I would look back at the previous 12 hours before you went to sleep. What did you eat? What did you do (were you active or sedentary)? Did you enjoy a very heavy snack before bedtime and then lie prone for 8+ hours? That could be culprit right there. Also, what did you drink? Did you drink a lot of soda or beer? Something carbonated, that induced the trapped gas?
The GI tract likes a schedule, a regimen if you will - diet (not a drastic reduction of calories but a predetermined group of foods, for me low fiber but for your needs, you may find high fiber is helpful), exercise, refraining from solids or drinks that bring on gas several hours before going to sleep.
I know someone who has severe acid reflux. He must stop eating solids and consume his last meal of the day by 5 pm, if he wants an uneventful night of sleep and to wake up the next day feeling great.
Personally for my gut, I feel my best when I stop all solids by 7 pm and only drink water for beverages until I fall asleep. Not only do I sleep much more soundly, my gut is very, very quiet, no activity and then I do wake up feeling great (energized, no gas, no bm's, until I eat again).
So to figure out what is the root cause of your problem I would definitely take a critical look at what you ate and drank the 12 hours before you went to sleep. Keep track of what you ate, drank, etc. as well (by keeping a food journal). You may find your answer by refraining from solids and drinks other than water after 7 pm as I do.
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- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
Post Edited (Marsky) : 1/1/2010 8:22:14 AM (GMT-7)