Sleep & IC/BPS

Living with IC/BPS can make it difficult to get enough sleep.

How to Get Enough Sleep with IC/BPS

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

IC/BPS Saps Sleep

Panzera AK, Reishtein J, Shewokis P. Sleep disruption and IC/BPS symptoms in women. Urol Nurs. 2011 May-Jun;31(3):159-65, 172.
Thanks to the 407 women with IC/BPS 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.

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