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  • Getting the right amount and quality of sleep improves your health and wellbeing. This is particularly relevant for individuals who have chronic health issues.
  • The need for sleep varies. While some people need about 10 hours of sleep to feel OK, others need only 5 hours of sleep. Most people need between 6 ½ and 8 ½ hours of sleep per night.
  • People with gastroparesis may have sleep difficulties, as sleep can be interrupted frequently by discomfort and nausea.
  • It can be helpful to prepare for sleep by performing relaxation exercises (e.g. deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation).


Tips for improving sleep:

  • Have a regular routine (also called sleep hygiene) before bed, irrespective of sleeping during the day or night. For example, have a shower or bath, spend 30 minutes relaxing (e.g., meditation, light exercise, reading a book), clean teeth, etc then go to bed at a set time. By keeping a regular routine, the body learns when it is expected to sleep (or when it is wanted).
  • The best sleeping environment is one that has a cool constant temperature, good airflow, and is dark and quiet. If there is outside noise, a constant background noise may help you sleep (e.g., relaxation tapes, radio).
  • Coffee or tea consumption should stop at least 2 to 4 hours before you to go to sleep.
  • Avoid smoking before going to bed, its chemicals can provide a stimulatory effect therefore decreasing the ability to sleep. 


If you are interested in other gastrointestinal-focused information and intervention websites developed and hosted at
Swinburne University of Technology,
please go to:

IBSclinic.mindovergut.com for individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBDclinic.mindovergut.com for individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease


This website and its content is not intended or recommended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek advice of your own physician or other qualified health care professional regarding any medical questions or conditions.

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