Why You Wake Up With Stomach Pain Every Morning


Almost everyone has experienced an upset stomach from time to time, whether due to indigestion, illness or just something you’ve consumed the night before that cause it.

A night of heavy drinking can leave you with digestive disorders the morning after. However, having stomach pain every morning on a regular basis may be a sign of an underlying condition.

Research and studies have figured out why some people always wake up with stomach ache every day and Here are some reasons.

1. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

GERD can cause stomach pain every morning because the condition gets worse when you lie down. Stomach bile can return to the esophagus and do not drain properly while you are prone. Stomach pain and heartburn associated with GERD can even wake you up causing additional stress from restless night’s sleep.

Burning sensations that commonly result from acid reflux can also lead to more serious problems, such as a scarred esophagus or peptic ulcer.

A change in diet, loss of weight and elevating your head during sleep can reduce the morning symptoms of GERD.

2. Food Poisoning

When food becomes contaminated with viruses, bacteria or parasites, it can cause stomach pain in the morning when you wake up, nausea, vomiting, or fever.

Stomach pain caused by food poisoning generally lasts from a few hours to a few days.

Seek medical attention if you have blurry vision, muscle weakness, frequent episodes of vomiting or stools

3. Morning Sickness

For women in the early stages of pregnancy, upset stomachs can affect anytime during the day, but stomach problems usually appear the first thing in the morning.

Morning sickness usually does not pose any risk to pregnancy, and although nausea is annoying and uncomfortable, the most common symptom is vomiting.

The good news is that after the first trimester, the symptoms usually go away. Talk to your doctor about the severity and frequency of symptoms to ensure that you do not develop other complications.

4. Gastritis

Gastritis occurs when the stomach lining becomes irritated and inflamed. Symptoms include indigestion, heartburn, abdominal pain and vomiting.

Alcohol can cause gastritis in the early hours of the morning, and alcoholics usually develop chronic gastritis over a long period of time.

People who consume large amounts of coffee during the day or who smoke cigarettes before bedtime also have problems similar to gastritis.

The possibility of gastritis also increases in people with autoimmune disease or consuming nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory substances.

 5. Dehydration

Dehydration is a possible cause of an upset stomach every morning. Severe abdominal pain, with other symptoms such as vomiting, back pain and pain in the lower limbs, has been shown to be caused by dehydration.

The good news is that the symptoms go away once people are rehydrated. How to avoid dehydration is to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.

6. Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a sudden attack of severe upper abdominal pain caused by the enzymes in the pancreas that leak into the abdominal cavity. These enzymes, which are normally inactive in the pancreas, become activated, which burns and irritates the lining of the stomach.

People who consume large amounts of alcohol or who are alcoholics usually suffer from pancreatitis; however, the problem usually resolves on its own, with abstinence to drink and rest.

Acute pancreatitis occurs when one of the pancreatic ducts becomes blocked by a gallstone and causes infections and lesions of the pancreas.

7. Peptic Ulcer

An irritation or open sore in the stomach lining or the upper part of the small intestine is known as a peptic ulcer. The main cause of stomach ulcers is an infection caused by H. pylori bacteria, and the most common symptom of peptic ulcer is gnawing or burning sensation in your stomach just below your sternum.

Other factors must also be present to trigger ulcers, including genetic disorders, immune disorders and stress.

People who are anxious when they sleep or have interrupted sleep are at a higher risk for peptic ulcer than those who sleep normally because sleep disruption weakens the immune system.

8. Cholecystitis

Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gall bladder; sometimes it makes people wake up with an upset stomach every morning.  The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ that locates below the liver. It stores bile, which the body uses to digest fat in the small intestine.

The major symptom of this disorder is abdominal pain located on the upper right, usually lasting at least half an hour. Symptoms include a dull and constant pain or cramping sensation.

Acute cholecystitis is a sudden irritation and swelling of the gallbladder. Causes severe abdominal pain radiating backwards under the right shoulder blade.

9. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic disorder that causes food to move too quickly through the digestive track.  Normally,
Irritable bowel syndrome does not cause long-lasting damage to the colon; however, can cause stomach problems in the morning and diarrhea.

Any change in routine or added stress may cause more frequent symptoms.  Restless sleep has also been known to aggravate
Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms first thing in the morning.

Other symptoms may include abdominal cramps, gas, bloating and diarrhea. Fortunately, a fiber-rich diet and a relaxation period before bedtime can help prevent these problems.

Note: You will need to seek medical attention immediately if pain is severe and is accompanied by persistent nausea and vomiting, abdominal tenderness, abdominal pain radiates towards your back, yellow skin, bloody stools, swollen stomach, pain persists for hours, or lasts more than a few days.