Sleeping & stoma care

Getting a good night’s rest is important for your overall health. In the weeks after your ostomy surgery, you may find it helpful to sleep on your side. Placing a pillow against your stomach can gently keep your ostomy pouch in place.

Once you have healed from your ostomy surgery, you should be able to sleep in any position, including on your stomach.

To give you a most restful night consider these tips:

  • Watch your eating habits to better control your nighttime output.
  • Empty your ostomy pouch before going to bed.
  • Use a waterproof mattress pad to make cleanup easier in case of leaks.
  • For those with a urostomy, consider using a Night Drainage Collection System. This setup includes a tube that attaches to your pouch and collects output in a bag hanging near your bed.

 

Related articles:
Deciding on an ostomy pouching system
Ostomy care at work
Preventing ostomy pouch leaks
 
SOURCES
www.ostomy.org/ostomy_info/pubs/UOAA_NPG_Colostomy_2012.pdf
www.ostomyguide.com/managing-ostomy-accidents-leaks-sleeping-odors-blowouts/
www.urostomyassociation.org.uk/toptips.html