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How to sleep better with external hemorrhoids (Tips, positions)

Some things in life truly are a real pain in the ass!!

Hey there! You’re here reading this blog because you have an embarrassing problem, and you want answers. Well, we’re going to help you with that. If you have external hemorrhoids (or any other type of hemorrhoids for that matter), the first thing you need to realize is that it’s OK. Don’t stress about it! Stress will only make things worse. It’s not that big of a deal, and there are many others just like you. Unfortunately, there’s a bit of a negative stigma around the word “hemorrhoid”, and it is completely unnecessary. To help you realize that it’s a common problem so that you don’t feel isolated, here are some statistics:

See? It’s perfectly normal, and you are not a lesser person because you have one. Now that we’ve helped you relax a bit, let’s get into it.

What is an external hemorrhoid?

If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you or someone you know has one, and you likely already know what an external hemorrhoid is. However, just in case, let’s review.

A hemorrhoid is what the medical community calls a swollen vein in the vicinity of the anus, which is… you know… the place where food exits your body.

If the hemorrhoid had occurred somewhere else on your body, it would be called a varicose vein. As the name suggests, an external hemorrhoid is very similar to an internal hemorrhoid, with a difference in location. Basically, to be classified as “external” it protrudes to the outside of the anus.

Good news: most hemorrhoids heal within one to two weeks. Now, what to do about it…

*Disclaimer, you should seek the advice of a medical doctor. The information provided here is for informational purposes only.

The best ways to get better sleep when you have external hemorrhoids

The best way to get better sleep while you are dealing with an external hemorrhoid is to lessen the symptoms as much as possible. This is accomplished in two ways. One, is to take actions to avoid making the hemorrhoid any worse. Two, is to reduce pain and irritation. Doing both of these things will help you get better sleep, and most importantly, help it heal!

How to avoid making things any worse

How to reduce symptoms for when you sleep

Once you realize a hemorrhoid is just a swollen and irritated vein, it starts to make sense how to tame it. You help it heal just like any other wound.

Putting it all together

Combining all of these things will have the greatest effect. Manage your stress, strain, diet, and cleanliness. Take a nice sitz bath before bed and follow that up with some medicines (if it’s OK with your doctor). These steps will help attain a peace of mind and the confidence to get quality and healing sleep. Now, how do you actually sleep…

Best sleeping position for external hemorrhoids

A lot of research went into writing this article for you, to find you the best answers. It may come as a surprise that the best position to get better sleep when you have an external hemorrhoid is…the one that works for you! That’s right. There are no clear and consistent recommendations for sleep positions. You just want to get into a position that is comfortable and isn’t painful. If laying a certain way hurts your hemorrhoid, just make adjustments until you aren’t causing any pain from the way that you are laying. It does not matter if you’re on your back, side, or stomach, because none of them specifically cause hemorrhoids to get worse. Just follow these tips, and sleep whichever way is comfortable for you.

You are now armed with the information you need in order to know how to get better sleep with an external hemorrhoid. Hang in there, things can get better.

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