5 Ways to Deal With Crohn’s at Work
A study published in November 2014 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology found poor sleep increased inflammation and the risks of flares with people living with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. In a vicious cycle, flares can also prevent a good night’s sleep. Research shows that 77 percent of those with active IBD had poor sleep quality compared to 49 percent of those with inactive IBD.
- Consider a different job if necessary. In some instances, Crohn’s disease and your current job just might not be a good fit. You might be able to discuss a different position at the company with your manager, or you might need to begin the search for work elsewhere.
“When the diagnosis of Crohn’s disease is made, it’s good to discuss the potential effect of the disease on your current job,” advises Dr. Church. “This might prompt consideration of a new, more flexible career.”