All people fart in their sleep! You will not believe? In this article, we’ll show you why people fart in their sleep and what you can do to prevent it from happening again.
Why do we fart?
Puffing while sleeping is easy to explain. When you sleep, your muscles relax, especially the sphincter. During the day you can control the sphincter muscle and avoid farting or puffing. During the night you have no control over it and therefore have to fart more often. As your body processes the food you eat, gas builds up in your digestive system.
This gas is most commonly formed in the large intestine when bacteria digest the carbohydrates that were not digested in the small intestine. Some bacteria take in some gas, but the rest is expelled from the body as a fart through the anus or as a burp through the mouth. When a person is unable to get rid of excess gas, they may experience abdominal pain or a buildup of gas in the gastrointestinal tract. Foods that are high in fiber often cause gas.
- Beans and peas (legumes)
- whole grain products
Although these foods can increase gas in the body, fiber is important in keeping your digestive system healthy and regulating your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. You shouldn’t go without healthy food to make your puff go away while you sleep.
Other causes of increased gas in the digestive system include:
- consumed carbonated drinks such as cola and beer
- Eating habits that cause you to swallow air, such as: E.g. eating too fast, drinking through straws, nibbling on sweets, chewing gum or talking while chewing
- Sugar substitutes (also called artificial sweeteners), such as sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol, which can be found in some sugar-free foods and beverages
Is it even possible to fart while sleeping? 😴
It is possible to fart while sleeping as the anal canal relaxes a bit as gas builds up. This allows small amounts of gas to escape unintentionally.
Most people don’t know that they fart while sleeping. Sometimes the sound of a fart can wake you up while you are asleep if you are conscious of something, such as B. when falling asleep or in a light sleep. The most common way people learn that they are farting in their sleep is when someone else, like their partner, tells them to.
Why doesn’t come with me anymore? 😰
If people fart in their sleep, why can’t it happen that something bigger comes along? The anal canal relaxes during sleep, but only enough to allow small amounts of gas to escape.
Most people have their bowel movements at the same time each day, usually during waking hours, because your body tends to stick to a regular schedule.
How often do we fudge while we sleep? 💩
The average person farts 5 to 15 times a day, of which at least 2 farts occur while sleeping. People with certain digestive disorders can produce more gas.
Some medical conditions known to be associated with increased gas include:
- Crohn’s disease
- Food intolerances such as lactose intolerance
- Celiac disease
- Changes in gut bacteria
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Hormonal changes, such as menstrual cramps, pregnant or menstruating women, can also lead to an increase in gas levels. People who eat foods that contain large amounts of fiber, such as vegetarians and vegans, can also get more gas. Fiber is generally healthy and should be part of your healthy diet. But they mostly cause farting while you sleep.
How not to fart while sleeping 🤢
Some lifestyle adjustments can really work wonders so you don’t have to fart in your sleep.
- Reduce or avoid high fiber foods, dairy products, sugar substitutes, and fried or fatty foods for a few weeks and gradually add them back as your symptoms improve.
- Reduce or avoid carbonated drinks and drink more water instead.
- Talk to a doctor about reducing the dosage of your fiber supplement or switching to a fiber supplement that causes less gas.
- Eat your last meal or snack a few hours before bed. Taking the time between the last meal of the day and sleep will reduce the amount of gas your body produces when you sleep.
- Try charcoal before and after a meal, which can reduce gas build-up. Please note that these have not been clinically proven to be effective. They can also affect your body’s ability to absorb certain medications and can stain your mouth and clothing.
- Quit smoking because smoking increases the amount of air you swallow, causing gas to build up in your body. Quitting smoking is difficult, but a doctor can certainly help you with that.
Conclusion: puffing in sleep is completely natural ✅
In most cases, making some simple lifestyle adjustments can help reduce gas build-up and stop puffing while you sleep.
Farting while you sleep is usually not harmful to your health. In other cases, an excess of gas can be a sign of a more serious problem that needs to be addressed. If you suddenly fart while sleeping, produce excessive gas during the day, or have uncomfortable gas pain, see a doctor. Treating underlying conditions can help reduce your gas build-up and improve your quality of life.