We have often seen that most of our patients who have piles or hemorrhoids face difficulty while sleeping. So, How to manage your sleep if you have hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids form when veins in your rectum and anus strain, expand, and protrude due to pressure. Sleep with hemorrhoids by pressing them back in, having a sitz bath before night, using topical treatments, and employing other methods.
Hemorrhoids form when veins in your rectum and anus strain, expand, and protrude due to pressure. Internal hemorrhoids occur inside the rectum, and external hemorrhoids develop in the skin outside of the anus.
- Constant squeezing during bowel motions
- Sexual analgesia
- Arduous lifting
Hemorrhoids may be unpleasant and painful, particularly if you have blood clots outside of your anus. Other frequent hemorrhoid symptoms are as follows:
- The skin surrounding your anus is irritated.
- Anus swelled
- A hard lump has formed around your anus.
- During a bowel movement, you may experience painless bleeding.
How Should You Sleep With Hemorrhoids?
When you have hemorrhoids, it may be challenging to feel comfortable, and your sleep may suffer as a result. Hemorrhoids may be managed at home with simple personal care and lifestyle adjustments in most situations. There are a few basic things you may do to alleviate your discomfort.
Push hemorrhoids back in
Hemorrhoids will sometimes protrude from your anus, particularly after a bowel movement. If you pass stool before going to bed, gradually reintroduce the hemorrhoid.
Because the vein is now within your rectum, the skin is protected, perhaps lowering the chance of a blood clot or hemorrhoid stuck outside your rectum.
Take a sitz bath before bed.
You sit in warm, shallow water during a sitz bath. Hemorrhoids have crevasses where feces may get lodged, causing skin irritation and itching. A sitz bath may assist in cleaning the region gently without rubbing or irritating your skin.
Warm water also relaxes your muscles, increases blood flow, and may alleviate discomfort. Take a warm sitz bath before bed, then gently pat the region dry with a towel. Don’t smear or wipe.
Apply a soothing hemorrhoid cream when you get out of the water. Over-the-counter creams and suppositories are available at your local drugstore.
Aloe vera creams may help to calm the skin. Pain may be alleviated by using numbing hemorrhoid cream.
You may also use soothing hemorrhoid cleaning pads when using the toilet throughout the day. Witch hazel cleaning pads may help relieve skin irritation and pain.
Itching may also be reduced using creams and washing pads. Scratching the area might cause further harm and discomfort to your skin.
Clean undergarments and comfortable pyjamas
Put on a clean pair of underwear and lose pajamas after you’ve treated your hemorrhoids. You may wish to use an underwear liner to dry and absorb any excess cream you apply. Loose pajamas relieve strain on your abdomen and anus while keeping you comfy.
If your hemorrhoid cream isn’t numbing the region well enough, you may take over-the-counter pain medication to assist. An NSAID, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, may help reduce inflammation and discomfort. However, painful hemorrhoids are an indication that you should see your doctor.
Sitting or standing for an extended time might aggravate hemorrhoids by putting additional strain on your blood vessels.
In general, lying down may ease your symptoms, although it may be difficult to become comfortable. You may also try sleeping on your stomach, which can relieve pressure on your anus and provide some comfort.
Pillow between your legs
Lying on your back may place more strain on your anus, causing increased discomfort for hemorrhoids and sleeping. Lie on your side with a cushion between your legs to avoid this.
Other treatments for hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are often caused by constipation. Changing your diet might help soften stools and make bowel motions smoother.
Consume 20 to 35 grams of fiber every day, as well as lots of water. Fiber and water both assist in keeping your stools soft and passable. You may consume:
- Fruits and vegetables that are fresh
- Pasta, bread, and rice made from whole grains
- Instead of meat, use beans and lentils for a couple of meals each week.
- Seeds and nuts
When to see your doctor
Hemorrhoids usually disappear after a week or two. If they don’t improve, or if you’re in many discomforts and having difficulties sleeping due to hemorrhoids, see your doctor about additional options.