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Night Farts - Is There A Way To Control Them?

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Dr.Sajeev Kumar 89% (39301ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha  •  35years experience
Night Farts - Is There A Way To Control Them?

Nature calls are to be attended to, no doubt, but when it is a fart, most feel embarrassed. On an average, humans fart fourteen times a day which they generally either control or excuse themselves, but helpless when the farts come out at night and try to think why do i fart so much at night.

Many People seek medications to control farts in sleep or flatulence problem, but the reality is that these medications do not work. Many people also consider using butt strips which are said to open up the anal canal, but they are extremely dangerous as they can pave the way for anal inflammation and may lead to severe health complications.

What causes night farts?

During sleep, the body relaxes entirely, and it lets go of all its tensions, and one of the ways it does this is by releasing farts. The reason behind regular flatulence is consumption of air while eating foods. This air comprises of different types of gases, which reacts with the other gases during the process of chemical breakdown and digestion.

Since the gases cannot rest inside the body, they come out in the form of farts. People tend to fart while asleep because all the muscles relax during sleep and the pubococcygeus muscle is no exception to this. Though it is a common health problem and can create a lot of issues in the personal life.

How to get rid of excessive farting during the night?

  1. Diet:Diet plays a critical part in determining how much gas is formed inside our bellies. There are some foods that are known for causing more gas than others including prunes, peas, broccoli, onions, garlic, bananas, leafy vegetables like cabbages, and various fried foods. All of these foods contain high levels of fibre content, which causes flatulence levels to skyrocket. If you are lactose intolerant, then dairy products are bound to cause more gas in your tummy which is expelled at night. Eating right before going to the bed leads to the excessive stimulation of the digestive system which causes the gas to come out through the rear end and lead to flatulence. You should try to quit eating any solid foods at least four hours before sleep.
  2. Do not hold your fart: Another important tip to reduce night flatulence is to fart through the day. Even though this may sound absurd, many people tend to hold their farts because of their shame without understanding that it may lead to health issues.
  3. Do not sleep on your stomach:If you are already suffering from night farts problem, you should avoid sleeping on your belly. This position would invariably press the gases and compel them to come out.
  4. Plenty of water helps:It may sound like a no-brainer, but drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day will not just eliminate the bacteria, but also reduce the problem of flatulence at night by settling down the gases.

Excessive flatulence, though embarrassing, are common. Following the tips mentioned can help you get rid of them. If you can’t, don’t bother. Just let go! In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!


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