If you’re suffering from nocturnal diarrhea, then you must know that something is wrong with your diet, fiber content and/or water consumption.
You may also have diarrhea at night due to serious problems on your digestive system like inflammatory bowel disease or chronic cancer. It’s also worth noting that our sphincter muscles tend to weaken while we sleep, therefore increasing the chances of an uncontrolled urge to visit the bathroom when everyone else is busy enjoying their sleep.
I’ve decided to write this article about the causes of this type of diarrhea after going through what I think were my worst nights ever. Sometimes last year, I could lose my sleep (at the dead of the night) due to pressure to poo. I never took it seriously and so it happened until I woke up one night to an embarrassing pile of surprise…This is when the reality dawned on me that I had a serious problem that required prompt medication.
Aside from getting treatment, I decided to do some bit of research on the true cause of nocturnal diarrhea; here is what I discovered.
What on earth causes nocturnal diarrhea?
Bacterial and viral infections are the main culprits behind this type of diarrhea – and how on earth do they find their way into our body? The answer is simple; through what you eat and what you drink. If you drink contaminated water before going to sleep, you’re likely to form diarrhea three hours later.
Well, as I said in the introduction part of this article, nocturnal diarrhea may point to some underlying disease or syndrome. I’ve noticed that this problem is quite common in people who suffer from Inflammation bowel diseases (and Crohn’s disease) or who have an infectious colitis. It can as well occur as an effect of diabetic autonomic neuropathy.
- Inflammation Bowel Diseases
Commonly known as IBDs, these are infections that interfere with the lining of the intestines and colon. When this happens, breaks may appear on parts of the intestines leading to pain and cramping; this normally results in diarrhea.
IBDs are normally as a result of problems with the immune system and can be common in people with particular inherited traits. Well, to the best of my knowledge, the true causes of IBDs are yet to be established.
If you’re a victim of any of these diseases, and you think they’re the reason behind your problem of night diarrhea, then you need to visit a doctor at the earliest to evade dire effects and experiences like I did.
- Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy
This condition is closely associated with the presence of high levels of glucose in the body.
Doctors say that such an imbalance may lead to problems within the digestive system and the nerves. Severe cases of glucose imbalance may include gas, abdominal cramping leading to nocturnal diarrhea.
If you’re diabetic, it’s imperative that you closely monitor your blood sugar levels. In addition, your doc may suggest eating smaller dinner meals or not eating anything at all past 5-6pm.
Remember to always consult a doctor at the earliest symptoms to prevent the problem from getting out of hand.
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