Why Do Hemorrhoids Get Worse at Night?

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Written by Charles Coleman, MD on May 6, 2022

One of the common reasons why hemorrhoids become worse at night is that the anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol naturally decreases at this time. Your body can also stiffen because you're lying in one position for so long.

Even worse, you can experience more flare-ups during the night, when you're already exhausted. This can cause even more discomfort! But, thankfully, there are some simple ways to get a good night's sleep without worrying about your hemorrhoids!

Sleeping position

There are many things you can do to improve the comfort of your sleep if you have hemorrhoids. Proper positioning of your pelvis and buttocks can help relieve pelvic pressure and make it easier to breathe during the night. Women can elevate their buttocks using a towel roll or doughnut-shaped cushion. You can also use foam wedge strips, or use a towel roll placed lengthwise between your legs.

While there are several ways to reduce the symptoms of hemorrhoids, sleeping on your side is the best option. Your pelvic floor will be less compressed when you sleep on your side, which helps to relieve pain in your anal area. Additionally, sleeping on your back puts more pressure on the hemorrhoids and leads to an increased accumulation of blood in the affected area. Aside from avoiding the wrong sleeping position, sleeping on your side can also reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by hemorrhoids.

Cortisol levels

If you have been noticing that your hemorrhoids get worse at night, you're not alone. About 75% of Americans will experience hemorrhoids at some point. While they are painful enough to keep you up all night, they can also cause a great deal of emotional distress. Feelings that accompany hemorrhoids can range from embarrassment and isolation to despondency and anger. Here's how you can relieve your hemorrhoids and get some sleep.

When you go to sleep, your body's levels of the anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol naturally decrease. As a result, your muscles and joints tend to stiffen. Your pain can also change at night, when your body is at its lowest. This can disrupt your sleep, and lead to a flare-up during the night. To make matters worse, hemorrhoids are much more painful at night.

Sitting in a hard chair

While sitting in a hard chair isn't the worst thing for a person's health, it can exacerbate existing hemorrhoids. This is particularly true if you are constipated, as sitting for prolonged periods puts increased pressure on your anorectal veins. Also, try to avoid standing or sitting on the toilet for prolonged periods. The wide seat can make hemorrhoids worse because it promotes pressure on your veins.

Another reason why sitting in a hard chair can make hemorrhoids worse at night is that your body is naturally less prone to inflammation while you sleep. When you sit for an extended period, your muscles and joints become stiff and the anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol drops naturally. This means that the blood flow to your anus isn't as effective at night, so it's important to stay seated while you sleep.

Aloe Vera

There are a variety of ways to treat your hemorrhoids. You can try applying Aloe Vera gel to the affected area, taking a daily Aloe Vera supplement, or using an aloe vera plant. Both treatments have soothing properties. To reduce the itch, try rubbing a few aloe vera leaves on your hemorrhoids. You should also drink plenty of water while using an aloe vera supplement.

Taking a gel or sitz bath can help relieve the pain associated with hemorrhoids. A soothing cream or ice pack can be applied to the affected area, or you can also use a hemorrhoid cleanser. You can also try a homeopathic product with a laxative effect to relieve hemorrhoids. Just remember to take a small amount of aloe gel supplement with each meal to reduce the irritation and pain associated with hemorrhoids.

Soaking hemorrhoids

Soaking hemorrhoids before bed can be a good solution to relieve the itching and burning associated with hemorrhoids. Adding warm water to your bathtub or sitz bath (a tub that fits over a toilet) will increase blood flow and constrict the swollen veins. You can also use baking soda or essential oils to soothe your symptoms. These remedies are effective, but they may not be suitable for everyone.

While there are many causes of hemorrhoids, these three main treatments are often recommended by medical professionals. The first one is soaking in warm water. The hot water will soften the hemorrhoids, which will make them more comfortable to sleep with. However, this method isn't recommended for those who are prone to having bleeding hemorrhoids. If the pain persists, you should consult a medical professional. Hemorrhoids can cause a range of health problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer.

Moderate exercise

If you suffer from hemorrhoids, you've probably been reluctant to get a workout. This is understandable, since sitting for long periods of time makes hemorrhoids worse. However, regular exercise can help relieve hemorrhoids and prevent them from becoming worse. If you're still reluctant to exercise, consider taking a warm bath to soothe the affected area. If that doesn't work, try taking a sitz bath, which is a small plastic tub placed over a toilet seat and submerges the buttocks and hips.

Aside from the CRH O'Regan System, you should consider starting a regular exercise routine. This will not make the hemorrhoids worse, but it will make it easier for you to perform exercises that are gentle on the affected area. However, be careful not to start a vigorous exercise routine if you have hemorrhoids. While moderate exercise will improve your overall health and improve your mood, heavy exercise can make your hemorrhoids worse.

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