of Patients with GI disorders
have either
OSA, Insomnia or a combination of the two!

GI Disorders and Sleep

  • Sleep Disturbance was found to be an independent predictor for IBS.
  • Shift workers appear especially likely to suffer from IBDs such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.
  • Poor sleep has been correlated to both upper and lower GI symptoms.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome has been linked to poor sleep in adolescents.
  • Some children with OSA may see an improvement in symptoms with proton pump inhibitor therapy.
  • The severity of IBS symptoms has a strong positive correlation with sleep disturbances.
  • Poor sleep can increase the risk for IBS, GERD, and peptic ulcers.
  • Insufficient sleep has been linked to tumorigenesis development in the GI tract and liver.
  • The same circadian clock which governs sleep/wake cycles also paces the GI tract. Disruptions to either sleep or the GI tract can impact one another.
  • Patients with IBS report poorer, more fragmented sleep and poorer daytime functioning.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and Sleep

    • Most GERD patients report worsened symptoms at night.
    • GERD was listed as the third most common cause of sleep complaints in a National Sleep Foundation poll.
    • Those with heartburn worse at night are more likely to have:
    1. Insomnia
    2. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    3. Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
    4. Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome
  • 80% of GERD patients on pump inhibitors report residual nighttime symptoms.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
OSA is the most common form of breathing sleep disorder.
Caused by an obstruction to the upper airway during sleep as a result of several factors:

  • Inherent physical characteristics
  • Excess weight
  • Alcohol consumption before sleep

Detailed references available upon request.


The STOP-Bang Questionnaire : Answer these Eight questions by yes or no

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Helping your patients sleep better

  • If your patients report sleep complaints, assess for obstructive sleep apnea (STOP-Bang) or other sleep disorders
  • Explain that sleep in combination with moderate physical activity may promote remission and help prevent relapse
  • Keep CSCC brochures and forms in your office to help foster awareness of sleep disorders in your patients
  • If your patient screens positive for OSA and has a supportive clinical history, please refer them to Comprehensive Sleep Care Center for an evaluation

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  • Collaborative partnership and multidisciplinary approach with our referring providers and their patients
  • An individualized, tailored treatment plan for the entire spectrum of sleep health management
  • Full service sleep health practice providing DME, including our onsite team of dentists for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea by oral appliance therapy. Insurance billed directly on the behalf of your patient
  • Ongoing patient education, long term support and compliance monitoring of CPAP therapy to enhance patient outcomes
  • Home Sleep study program available
  • Quick turnaround on results and updated follow up notes provided