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IBS and fatigue

How does fatigue or tiredness result from IBS?

Our expert Ali explores why your IBS might be causing you to experience fatigue or tiredness, looks at the mechanisms involved, and examines how diet, home and herbal remedies can help you to feel more energized.


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    Katie phillpotts — 02.04.2018 09:35
    I cannot remember a time when I have been able to sleep easily without either getting trouble getting to sleep or waking up in the small hours and being able to get back to sleep. I run as well and live a fairly active lifestyle. I can manage a long time with not much sleep until I go bonk one day and spent all day in bed. It's the pain and discomfort from ibs which keeps me awake. Yes I am following the low fodmap diet.


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      Ali — 04.04.2018 10:35
      Hi Katie, As there are so many different symptoms to IBS, and every person is different, I can offer much better advice if you can tell me more specifically about your symptoms, and the history of your IBS. As this is tricky in a Comments box, if you could use the question box at the top right hand side of the page it would be easier. Thanks, Ali


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    Kunal — 12.02.2018 07:46
    I feel very sleepy during the daytime and it affects my studies what to do


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      Ali — 12.02.2018 09:22
      Hi Kunal, Are you getting plenty of sleep at night time? That might sound too obvious, but sometimes we need more sleep than we realise - especially if you are studying because you need plenty of time to process all the information you have taken in during the day. It's also useful to avoid drinking heaps of caffeine (which can be a temptation when you're tired) because that counters the absorption of minerals such as iron and potassium that keep your energy levels up. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, which also makes you sleepy. Best Wishes, Ali


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