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Do you get stomach aches when you stay up real late or all night?

Asked by elchoopanebre (3066 points ) June 12th, 2008

I didn’t sleep last night. Now I have a terrible stomach ache. This happens every time I get insomnia or just choose to go to bedreal late.

Any ideas why?
Do you have this problem when you don’t get much sleep?

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iwamoto's avatar

nope, i never sleep that long anyway…

playthebanjo's avatar

Perhaps you should stop eating all that uncooked pork. Are you taking anything to keep you up?

syz's avatar

When I work overnights, I get queasy at about 4 or 5am. I don’t know if it has to do with blood sugar bottoming out or some kind of hormonal/chemical fluctuation that normally occurs when I’m asleep.

I find that if I make myself eat something, I feel better.

Les's avatar

Like syz, when I worked 3–7 am shifts, I would always have to pack some kind of snack with me, because I would get nauseous. I think it does have something to do with having not eaten since maybe 7 pm, you start to get really hungry late at night. When you’re asleep, you don’t know it. Maybe when that happens to you, eat a bowl of cereal or something light, so you can tide yourself over.

that1mom's avatar

I have ALWAYS gotten really ill (sick to my stomach or a stomach ache) when I stay up late, and it seems like no one else I know has a problem with that. It is not only if I stay up late, but if I continually lose sleep several nights in a row, it happens also. I know this doesn’t help answer your question, but I think that, at least with me, it outrules the chemical function during the night theory, because it happens to me no matter what time, just when I lose too much sleep.

melly6708's avatar

well when i go to sleep late i usually snack on something.. and then go to sleep and wake up with a stomach ache.. were u eating anything by chance.. maybe thats why

steelmarket's avatar

I got the aches when I pulled all-nighters in college and at the office (don’t do those anymore!). Pretty sure it was a stress thing. Personally, drinking a good ‘ol Dr. Pepper usually fixed it. Cokes made it worse. Go figure. Sugar, caffeine, carbonation – whatever works.

elchoopanebre's avatar

To answer the questions of what I had…I drank an energy drink (but regardless of whether I have one of those or not I get a stomach ache). And I had a really light dinner. I don’t remember what it was, though.

marinelife's avatar

It happened to me when I was in college, but I always thought it was a side effect of the No Doz. Do you drink caffeine when up late or all night?

thetypicalusername's avatar

I totally know what you’re talking about. It’s not an excruciating pain, it’s more of a dull, queasy pain. I don’t know what causes it, but I do know that I need sleep when I get that feeling and nothing will make it go away, except sleep. I have had this problem as long as I can remember; luckily it doesn’t happen very often.

Spargett's avatar

You could just be really hungry. When you stay up all night your body needs a fourth meal.

Just being awake and mentally active burns a decent amount of calories.

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