A good night’s sleep

Hear from Sarah our Clinical Advisor

From A Bigger Life

  • Before you settle down for the night you should empty or change your pouch.
  • If you have a urostomy pouch connect to an overnight drainage bag.
  • Try and eat your main meal before 7pm in the evening to allow your stoma to do all its work before you settle down for bed.
  • Be careful with your food choices. Try to avoid anything fizzy or fibrous food in your last meal before bed.
  • People do tend to develop a bit of a sixth sense when they are becoming more comfortable managing their stoma. You will wake up in the middle of the night and realise that your pouch needs to be changed.
  • Support your body with pillows, try and put one in between your legs or under your back. This will help you get into a really comfortable position to try and get a good night’s sleep.
I try not to eat anything after 6pm and empty my bag just before bed. This cuts down on visits to the toilet during the night… More 



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