Study: Losing sleep increases inflammation

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UCinGV
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   Posted 9/2/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   

I am a miserable person if I don't get 8 hours of sleep every night. Maybe this is partly why.

Has anyone noticed a connection between not getting enough sleep and flareups?

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Sara14
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   Posted 9/2/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting. When I first got UC, I had just started a new job and was very sleep deprived.

In general, I feel like crap if I don't get at least 9 hours of sleep a night. I have been like that ever since high school. I always seemed to need more sleep than almost everyone I know. I think I have noticed that my symptoms oftenget worse if I don't get much sleep the previous night.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa nightly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin


Eva Lou
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   Posted 9/2/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
well that really stinks, because when you're flaring, even mildly, who isn't up 2-3x in the bathroom? It's a lose/lose situation. I've even thought about taking some OTC sleeping pills here & there, but have been afraid I'd sleep thru an accident. This is when things were quite bad. I did have to take them when I first went on pred. Now, I wake up anywhere from 1-4 times a night, sort of depending on how much (& what) I ate for dinner!

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


emory
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   Posted 9/2/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes. I have insomnia, and I think it's one of the reasons I can't get over this flareup. Even though I take prescription medication to help me sleep, some nights I just don't get more than 3 or 4 hours. And boy howdy, am I sick the next day. (Like today.)
40 years old and female
Dx ulcerative proctitis June 2008 (after 5 weeks of blood and mucous) and still flaring
Canasa 1000 mg suppositories nightly
Effexor 37.5, Clonazepam .5 mg and Trazodone 50 mg for sleep
2.5 mg methimazole for thyroid
Osteopenia (and I haven't even taken steroids!)


jars05
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   Posted 9/2/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
It's definitely quicker for me to go into remission when sleeping as much as possible. My body is able to heal itself faster and it reduces the stress load when I'm well rested.
Age: 30
Sex: Yes please!
Location: Missouri
Diagnosed with UC in 1997.
Medications: 100 mg Azathioprine a day, Mesa rectal meds
Supplements: calcium, and multivitamin
No. of colonoscopies: 5
Last scope: 6/7/08-everything looked ok.
 
 


Old Hat
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   Posted 9/3/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Likewise-- I need 8 hrs. minimum per night to ward off the evil spirits. Too bad we all can't get hired to test mattresses for hefty fees! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

dakotagirl
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   Posted 9/3/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Eight hours of sleep or I'm miserable and in the bathroom more than usual. Keep it up for a while - like a week or two - and things go down hill FAST. Like EvaLou said - flaring is a lose/lose situation. Add a hospital stay and I lose even more sleep! Sheesh.

Next flare I might just try staying home and sleeping for a few days to see if it helps. Usually I just try to keep with my regular schedule and dig myself a bigger hole...
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
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Luna0
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   Posted 9/3/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree. When I am well rested I feel ten times better. But I really really really REALLY need more sleep when it's near my week for Remicade. And even then I am a walking zombie, my friends and family hell even my teachers can tell when it is my week. o.0
Tawn 
18 years old, College Student ~WAHOO GO CATS=)
 
Diagnosed in 2004
Currently on:
Remicade
Imuran 3pills/day
And many other over the counter meds.


yuckygut
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   Posted 9/3/2008 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I am definately better with 7-8 hours sleep, it always seemed my flares were related to times when I would be worried or under increased stress, and not sleeping well.

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Clackerooney
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   Posted 9/4/2008 2:55 AM (GMT -6)   
When I first got ill and had a really bad flare to the point of being hospitalised I was working night shifts and not sleeping much at all.

Since coming out of hospital, which was over a year ago now, I've stopped the night work and haven't been too bad. My meds have changed a lot so can't put it down to just the night shifts but I definitely think the normal sleep pattern helps.

Anyone working nights with UC should seriously consider a job change, if possible.

ediekristen
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   Posted 9/4/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I work 12-8:30 and usually manage to be in bed for over 8 hours but whether or not I actually sleep for 8 hours is another story. I'm pretty sure I have sleep apnea.. I'm always waking up constantly, super dry mouth, night sweats, headaches, and my boyfriend said that not only do I snore very quietly but I also seem to stop breathing at night for short periods of time. Meh.

But yeah, I've been feeling crappy lately (no pun intended) and I'm sure this is at least partly responsible.


Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) for 8 years so far; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use....

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Lialda 2 pills a day, Rowasa enemas nightly

 
 


mommaduck
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   Posted 9/4/2008 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
This is thought provoking since my husband has sleep apnea, and still snores and stops breathing (just not as often).
When he was taking Entocort, it was worse all the way around. We both experienced the lose/lose there!
I intend to start paying closer attention, "now that ya mention it"

(Husband diagnosed CD 6/06, but we think otherwise)
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ediekristen
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   Posted 9/4/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
In part of the article they say "It’s important to note that they found this increase in inflammatory response in only the female subjects."
I wonder why that is? Kinda strange.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) for 8 years so far; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use....

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Lialda 2 pills a day, Rowasa enemas nightly

 
 


Pooie1981
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   Posted 9/4/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I read that your bowel only gets rest and/or can heal itself while you sleep............
Jenn 26/female
Ulcerative PANCOLITIS diagnosed 2004
Asacol 3 pills once/day, Buscopan as needed
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid, Metamucil one tsp per day so far
Flare March-June 2008.. pretty much in remission again July


ediekristen
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   Posted 9/4/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I can definitely tell my bowels are "sleeping" when I am, because if I wake up and don't fall back asleep very quickly, then my bowels wake up and I'll be in and out of the bathroom for the next hour or more.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) for 8 years so far; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use....

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Lialda 2 pills a day, Rowasa enemas nightly

 
 

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