Are Haemorrhoids and Insomnia Related?

hemorroid & insomnia relationship

Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swollen and inflamed veins in the anus and rectum. They can be painful and uncomfortable. On the other hand, insomnia is a sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both.

There are many different symptoms of piles, which can make them challenging to identify. However, there are some common signs and symptoms that you can understand. These include bleeding from the anus, anal pain or discomfort, itching around the anus, and lumpy or hard stools. Also, less sleep due to stress or hormonal changes can lead to piles.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is vital to see a doctor so that they can diagnose and suggest the best haemorrhoid treatment procedure as per your condition.

How do piles affect sleep cycles?

Sleep is vital to our overall health, yet many people do not get enough of it. Many factors can contribute to insomnia, and one of them may be haemorrhoids. If you suffer from piles, you will know they can be uneasy. There are reasons how it can affect sleep:

  • Piles are often itchy, caused due to the skin-irritating mucus produced by the haemorrhoid lining. The itchiness can also cause you to wake up during the night or even get back to sleep.
  • Haemorrhoids can cause burning and pain, making it hard to sleep or wake up during the night.
  • Haemorrhoids can bleed, which can further disrupt sleep.
  • The rectal area may sometimes dilate due to intense pressure during pregnancy and straining during bowel movements. When it happens constantly, the veins get damaged even with a bowel movement or bleeding. It can cause less sleep or trouble sleeping peacefully.
  • Additionally, some sleep postures can aggravate the pain in the rectum area leading to disturbed sleep.

If you suffer from both insomnia and haemorrhoids, some treatments can help. Over-the-counter creams and ointments can provide some relief from the symptoms of haemorrhoids. If these don’t work, your doctor may recommend a more aggressive treatment plan or surgery.

Sleeping tips to reduce haemorrhoids

Insomnia can also lead to haemorrhoids. However, good sleep helps you relieve pain from piles. Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep:

1. Establish a regular sleep schedule that helps regulate your body’s natural sleep rhythms.

2. Create a bedtime routine. A relaxing schedule before bedtime can help you wind down and prepare for sleep. It might include taking a warm bath, reading, or stretching. You can take a sitz bath to reduce the discomfort from piles.

3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime because the stimulants can keep you from falling asleep.

4. Avoid working or using electronic devices in bed. The light from screens can disrupt your body’s natural sleep hormones.

5. Avoid sleeping on your back to reduce pressure. It can help you reduce stress on piles. Instead, try sleeping on your stomach for sound sleep.

Furthermore, eating well and avoiding stress can improve piles. Also, avoid putting pressure or standing and sitting for too long. You can even visit a hospital for haemorrhoid treatment.

Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran