sleep-articleWhen you have interstitial cystitis (IC), getting enough sleep is tough. You may be getting up a number of times at night to urinate. You may have IC pain. You may have sleep disturbance that comes with other related conditions, such as fibromyalgia.

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IC Saps Sleep

Panzera AK, Reishtein J, Shewokis P. Sleep disruption and interstitial cystitis symptoms in women. Urol Nurs. 2011 May-Jun;31(3):159-65, 172.
Thanks to the 407 women with IC who responded to Alis Panzera, PhD’s sleep survey posted through the ICA website, we now know that all the patients had poor sleep because of pain, urinary urgency, and the need to urinate frequently during the night. Not surprisingly, the lack of quality sleep translated to daytime fatigue, lost productivity, depression and an overall drop in quality of life.

Revised Monday, March 30th, 2015