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Sleeping

Sleep plays an important role in your physical and emotional health, so it's important to get a good night's sleep.

Top tips for a good night's sleep

Before you settle down for the night you should change your pouch.

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.

Many people do tend to develop a bit of a sixth sense when 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 comfortable position to try and get a good night’s sleep.

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