For lots of people who have trouble sleeping, pain is a major issue. Unfortunately, there are many things which can go wrong in your body that cause pain – and hemorrhoids is one of them. If your case is serious enough, then it is unfortunately not surprising that you are having trouble sleeping. It’s especially not surprising seeing as how one in three adults will have to deal with hemorrhoids at one point or another. If your current hemorrhoid pain is creating problems for you at night, we truly sympathize. And we certainly hope that at least some of the advice below can help you get a good night sleep despite your painful condition.
Dealing With the Present: Reduce Hemorrhoid Pain for Better Sleep Tonight
If you were searching online and found this page, the odds are pretty good that you are suffering from hemorrhoids right now and need a solution ASAP. We completely understand. This acute condition can be extremely painful and easily interfere with your ability to get a good night sleep. Thankfully, there are solutions you can use to quickly, easily, and affordably alleviate most if not all of your hemorrhoid pain. Even if you end up tossing and turning for other reasons, at least the “turning” part won’t be the thing that keeps you from your slumber.
Pre-bedtime Hemorrhoid Treatments
Strangely, there are many afflictions of the human body which seem either mild or non-existent early in the day and progressively get worse as the day goes on. Hemorrhoids is one of them. This phenomenon is often referred to as “sundowning”. Since it isn’t unbearable for most of the day, you forget the pain until the later hours of the evening. Then it suddenly hits you at the worst possible time.
Thankfully, you do not have to resign yourself to a sleepless night of pain and misery. There are many over-the-counter products which are specifically designed to treat hemorrhoid pain. Preparation H is probably the most common brand name. The company produces a wide variety of creams, suppositories, and wipes which can help alleviate the physical discomfort and make it easier for you to sleep despite your suffering.
If you’d rather go for a more natural cure – or if the nearest drugstore is closed right now – then there are some home remedies you can try. A sitz bath is one solution which involves placing your backside into a shallow pool of warm water (sometimes with a small amount of apple cider vinegar mixed in). You can also use a cold compress to numb the pain and reduce swelling. Whether you use one, the other, or whether you alternate the two, try not to expose your hemorrhoids to either treatment for longer than 10-15 minutes at a time. Give your posterior a few minutes to rest in-between. Overdoing it can easily do more harm than good.
Avoiding Hemorrhoid Pain While You Sleep
Once you feel like your hemorrhoid pain has subsided, you’ll want to make sure that you fall asleep in the right position. Most people get a good amount of relief from sleeping on their stomach. Better yet, putting a small pillow beneath your hips while in this position can take a significant amount of pressure off your hemorrhoids. With the assistance of gravity, fluid will be flushed down and away from your inflamed tuchus, which helps reduce pain even further.
Unfortunately, not everybody can sleep comfortably on their stomach. The backup solution to this problem is to try sleeping on your side. To make sure you don’t roll over in the middle of the night, place extra pillows or bunched up bed sheets along your back to stabilize you. Rolling over on your back in the middle of the night, no matter how soundly you are sleeping, is one of the quickest ways to cause more pain. This can make it very difficult to get back to sleep.
It probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: sleeping on your back is one of the worst things you can do if you want to avoid hemorrhoid pain and get a good night’s rest. Gravity is working against you, there is a ton of pressure on your pelvic floor, and you may be in more pain that at any other point in the day. If you are a chronic back sleeper, try and put pillows underneath your knees and thighs. This will hopefully raise your backside a little higher in the air so that there’s less pressure on the hemorrhoids.
Preventing Future Hemorrhoid Pain
If you’re suffering from hemorrhoids right now, the advice below may not be immediately helpful. But if this is a recurring condition, you should definitely be proactive and take steps to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your sleep in the future. Smart steps include:
- Consult your doctor – maybe you haven’t talked to your doctor yet because you’re embarrassed about your condition. But if you think about it, the embarrassment pales in comparison two hemorrhoid pain and lost sleep. So don’t put it off!
- Increase fiber intake – because hemorrhoids are the result of straining during a bowel movement, you should increase your fiber intake. This will add bulk to your stool and help them pass more easily with less strain.
- Stay well hydrated – another reason some people have to strain is due to a lack of hydration in the colon. Drinking more water and electrolyte fluids can help with this.
- Daily light exercise – if hemorrhoids are common for you, avoid strenuous exercise. But don’t neglect it entirely, since weight gain makes it easier to develop hemorrhoids.
- Weight loss – hemorrhoids are more common in overweight people. losing weight can help them become less frequent and/or painful.
- When nature calls, answer – if you have to go, go right away. Holding it in causes constipation, which causes more straining, which causes more hemorrhoids.
- Strategic sitting positions on the toilet – try bending over as far as you can, propping your feet up on a short stool, or both when you have a bowel movement. This opens up your bowels and gives your stool a wider opening to exit your body.
Another thing you might want to try is adding a natural sleep aid to your hemorrhoid regimen. On top of alleviating the pain, it’ll help relax you and coax you into a perfect sleep state.