Stomach bloating: Sleeping is one of the best remedies to ease symptoms and subdue pain

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We are all aware of that uncomfortable feeling of overindulging and being left in agony. The stomach swells out and the pain can sometimes be unbearable. With Christmas around the corner, days of overeating and living the good life will be all too common. Experts advise one of the best remedies to help soothe the bloated belly and ease abdominal pain is sleep.

Some of the most common causes of bloating are eating or drinking gassy carbonated foods, stress or anxiety and in some cases, conditions like Coeliac disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

What a person eats and drinks is often at the source of the bloating problem.

According to Tamara Freuman, a New York based registered dietitian who specialises in digestive disorders and author of The Bloated Belly Whisperer: “Many people find that overnight sleep provides a bit of a ‘reset’ when it comes to food-related bloat.

“Having eight or more hours with nothing going into the GI tract allows for the intra-bowel contents (food volume and gas) to be whittled down a bit and for bloating to subside.”

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Getting enough good sleep is important for everyone, but it is especially important for those living with chronic disorders such as gastrointestinal issues like bloating.

Lack of quality sleep can impact the digestive system. Conversely, symptoms of bloating can also impact the quality of one’s sleep.

It’s also advised that once in bed, help relieve any tension and get the digestive system working by doing a few stretches.

Bringing the knees into the stomach and hugging them to you, followed by twisting of the legs from side to side, can help not only the bloating feeling but also for any mild discomfort caused by the bloating.

Food intolerance can lead to bloating, said the NHS.

The national health body added: “The most common foods to cause problems are wheat or gluten and dairy products.

“The best approach if you have a food intolerance is to eat less of the problem food or cut it out completely.

“Keep a food diary for a couple of weeks, noting everything that you eat and drink and when bloating troubles, you most.

“But do not get rid of food groups long-term without advice from your GP.”

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