Sleep Medicine Specialist Questions Constipation

Is there a connection between lack of sleep and constipation?

Every night when I am unable to sleep well, I end up with constipation the next day. Is it normal?

2 Answers

Irritable bowel syndrome is more common in patients with insomnia. So is heartburn and indigestion. Both insomnia and digestive problems are extremely common and there really isn't much data to support a mechanistic link between insomnia and constipation. Anxiety, however, is known to cause both. Medications can also do this. Treat the constipation as you always would with a healthy diet, fiber, and stool softener if necessary.
Sleep deprivation can cause disruption to many body systems.