Dinner should be finished by 5 or 6 p.m., says Dr. Nandi. If you eat dinner close to bedtime, you may wake up to need the bathroom. He also advises against consuming fluids before bed, especially caffeine, which might cause bowel movements.
Talk to your doctor about pain or cramp
UC medicine should relieve symptoms, including pain. If your gut pain or cramps are keeping you up at night, your doctor may prescribe acetaminophen or an antispasmodic, adds Hanauer.
Try a different sleep position
Your condition may make you prefer sleeping on your left or right side of your colon. Nandi suggests trying numerous sleep positions to find what works best for you, including sleeping on your back.
Be aware that steroids may cause sleep problem
Flares are often treated with corticosteroids, according to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Stimulants like corticosteroids can disrupt sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Hanauer adds steroid users often have sleep difficulties.
Treat any underlying anxiety and depression
UC symptoms can include anxiety, despair, and sleep problems. In October 2018, the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine released a study of 47 ulcerative colitis patients that linked poor sleep to depression.
Practice good sleep habit
UC patients can benefit from sleep-improving techniques like minimizing screen time. “Being online is a common way to distract yourself from discomfort, but it can also keep you from falling asleep,” adds Nandi.
Treat your mental health
Research has linked UC to mental health issues that affect sleep.A 2018 study of 47 UC patients linked inadequate sleep to depression. Sleep issues are also linked to UC anxiety.