How To Stop Farting in Your Sleep(Fast) – 5 EASY Ways That Work

Stop Farting In Your Sleep

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If there's one thing everyone can agree with, it's that sleeping is something we all do! However, most people will likely try to cover up that they are farting in their sleep. Occasionally, you'll have some persons that say they can't stop it.

Unfortunately, I'm one of those few people that fart in bed quite frequently. So the fact that you're here reading this means you or someone you know likely is too.

The good news:

In this article, we'll cover all you need to know so you can stop farting in your sleep, what it is, why it happens and what you can do to get rid of this problem.

I was embarrassed and devastated the first time it happened. It was on my first night in bed with my partner. We had just finished having a lengthy discussion and decided to call it a night. Shortly after we fell asleep, the most shocking thing in my life happened!

It was like an alarm went off startling both of us! I didn't expect anything of this nature to happen to me in my lifetime. However, it did! The worst part is it awoke both of us, but luckily my partner just laughed it off.

So as the night went on...

It happened again.., and again, for more than 3 hours!

Has this ever happened to you?

I'm not kidding…

The farting in my sleep just went on and on; I tried everything. Made multiple trips to the bathroom, puckered my butt but to keep it in and nothing! Every time I fell asleep that night some flatulence just slipped out.

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Needless to say, I was somewhat embarrassed the next morning. However, my partner played it off, and I didn't dare to bring up that I kept farting the entire night!

Consider these two facts:

1. The average person farts about 14 times a day.
2. You'll likely pass about half a liter a liter of gas in a day.

If you're passing gas more often than you thought, do not worry as it is relatively easy to fix. Before I tell you how to stop farting at nights while you sleep, we first have to cover the anatomy of a fart.

Don't take this lightly, flatulence is natural, and it happens for valid reasons. The truth is, there is a long host of chemical processes that take place before you produce a fart. Moreover, when you sleep, it gets even more complicated.

Here's what you need to know:

What is farting or Flatulence?

People generally assume flatulence is just an unpleasant noise that comes from our butts with an unpleasant smell. However, it's much more than just that. Passing Gas or Farting is the act of moving intestinal gases also called flatus through the anus.

The passing of a fart happens as result of the unique contractions of the intestinal and colon muscles which passes the flatus to the rectum. During this process of moving gas, the vibrations of the anal sphincters produce the rattling noise that you hear. There are also cases where the sound originates from a combination of the anal sphincters and the closed buttocks.(2)

Just Think about this fact:

Human farts can move as fast as 10 feet per second!

You can quickly try replicating this by tightly making a fist and try blowing air through it. You'll likely reproduce the sound you make when you fart!

Flatulence is entirely normal, and if it didn't occur then something would likely be very wrong with your body. Most people tend to get very embarrassed about farting and refuse to talk or admit that they do it.

However, it is a part of being human, and we should learn to embrace it!

What causes you to fart?

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Passing Gas is natural - Credit Freepik

As mentioned previously, passing gas in your sleep is a natural occurrence. Your body is made up of billions of microorganisms. These organisms or bacteria living inside your body play a significant role in keeping you healthy and fighting off diseases. They also occupy your digestive system entirely and help you to digest certain foods such as carbohydrates.

In the process of digesting your meals, they produce gas that contains many chemical elements such as hydrogen, methane, nitrogen, and sulfur. These gases that are what forms the content of your farts.

Farting can also happen by merely taking in the air into your stomach through breathing, drinking, and eating.

Why do we fart more in sleep?

As mentioned previously, passing gas is a natural occurrence. Your body is made up of billions of microorganisms. These organisms or bacteria living inside your body play a significant role in keeping you healthy and fighting off diseases. They also occupy your digestive system entirely and help you to digest certain foods such as carbohydrates.

In the process of digesting your meals, they produce gas that contains many chemical elements such as hydrogen, methane, nitrogen, and sulfur. These gases that are what forms the content of your farts.

Farting can also happen by merely taking in the air into your stomach through breathing, drinking, and eating.

Here's where things get tricky:

You are more likely to fart while you are sleeping, as the conditions for passing gas are perfect when you sleep. It is especially true if you hold your farts in all day, eat foods that promote farting, drink certain beverages or have certain health conditions such as IBS and diverticulitis.

Sleep farting is a complicated topic as you don't pas gas while you are sleeping, but you do at the same time.

Let me explain exactly how it happens:

The nervous system that controls your body after you fall asleep is called the autonomic nervous system. This nervous system is responsible for maintaining bodily functions and does not have to be directed consciously. That means when you fall asleep, you do not have to tell your heart to continue beating; nor do you have to remind yourself to breathe.

The Autonomic Nervous System(ANS) as part of the peripheral nervous system influences quite a few organs in the body. It sets rules for your heart rate, digestion, breathing, and your urge to urinate or pass stool and gas.

Just think about it:

When you go to bed at night do you try to tell yourself don't poop! Or keep breathing? I doubt you do!

The point is, while you are awake you can control these bodily responses to a certain extent. However, when you fall asleep, the ANS entirely takes over the role of managing these functions.

Now that you're clear on the role of the ANS you need to understand more about sleep. Sleep happens in stages. Moreover, each stage causes the body to behave differently.

What are the stages of sleep?

In total there are five(5) stages of sleeping; however, the last is called REM sleep and often not considered a stage of sleep. So sometimes you might hear people say there are four stages of sleep. In regards to farting and the autonomic nervous system. We are most interested in what happens in the first few stages. (3)

sleep happens in stages


In stage 1 of sleep, we tend to drift in and out of sleep and consciousness. During this stage any slight movement, sound or activity can easily wake you. Most people in this stage experience forms of sudden muscle contractions or on some occasions the feeling of falling.

When you move from stage one of sleep and enter stage 2, the ANS starts taking charge of your body. This takeover includes controlling your heart and respiratory rates and sphincter. While your autonomic nervous system controls your sphincter, you are less likely to fart in your sleep.

However, if you do, then you might have other health conditions. It is also highly unlikely that you would be aware of when the farting happens unless someone tells you.

What this means is that whenever you experience farting while sleeping, you are in stage 1 sleep and hovering between being awake and conscious. Whenever you are momentarily conscious, you awaken and realize that you need to pass gas. You might not have intended to pass gas but as you are fluctuating between being aware and asleep these 'farting accidents' may happen.

So now you might be wondering:

Is it normal to fart in your sleep?

Yes, it is entirely normal for you to experience some farting at night while you hover between sleep and awake. If you are farting excessively at night or in bed then what is covered further on will be helpful to you.

Why do I fart so much?

Excessive flatulence in bed at nights is also nothing uncommon. Passing gas excessively happens to both men and women whether they are aware of it. If you ate a lot of gas-producing foods, or you were holding your farts in all day, then farting should be expected.

Why do my farts smell so bad?

The culprit of smelly farts are a result of the types of gases in your stomach; especially the sulfur that your gut flora releases while it digests certain food types.

Have you heard the saying that silent farts are deadly and smell worse than the loud ones? That's because silent farts contain less air to dilute the sulfur. Certain foods rich in sulfur such as eggs, meats, and some fruits can cause smelly farts.

How Much Farting Is Healthy?

I mentioned earlier that people typically fart somewhere between 14 to 21 times per day. If you think you are doing it a lot more than that, then you might have other issues. The good news is our solutions should be able to help stop farting so much.

Are there any unfavorable health effects of excessive farting?

Passing gas frequently poses no unfavorable health effect. It is a part of your bodies natural process of digesting foods. Holding in your farts all day is also NOT dangerous to your health, so you do not have to worry about sucking one back up at work.

farting is healthy

A word of Caution:

I want to point out here that while it is not dangerous to hold in your farts; holding them for too long can lead to unwanted repercussions. So don't be surprised when you go to the bathroom after holding your farts too long.

What foods cause you to Fart In Your Sleep?

Foods that cause you to fart in your sleep

There are many foods that you can eliminate to reduce the amount of gas you pass while sleeping. These food types are typically harder to digest and will stay in the body longer than others and turn into unwanted gas. These fart creating foods not only cause excess gas to be produced but may also make you feel bloated.

Here are the top gas-producing foods to avoid:

  • Beans.
  • Some root vegetables such as garlic and onions.
  • Dairy Products.
  • Cruciferous Vegetables such as cabbage, and cauliflower.
  • Fruits high in fructose such as bananas.

We know that some of these are health foods, and honestly, I don't suggest cutting them out entirely. However, reducing the amount you intake each day or eliminating certain foods might help in decreasing your sleep farting.

How to stop farting in your sleep?

ways to stop flatulence in sleep

Now that you understand the background of why people fart in their sleep and that it is entirely natural. We can now discuss the things you can do to get rid of your excess sleep farting!

I've pointed out above that eliminating the culprit foods from your diet is a surefire way to reduce excess stomach gas. However, there are a few more things that can be done to help with the issue.

I'm an advocate of going natural to solve anything that might be wrong with me. As such, I tend to experiment with a tonne of natural remedies that help reduce passing gas.

The reason I stick to natural remedies for farting is that health is always the number one priority. Moreover, in many cases going the alternate route may well lead you into taking antibiotics and laxatives which does more harm to your gut flora than good.

Here are the top 5 solutions for how to stop sleep farting naturally:

1. Use Nutritional Seeds

In addition to doing an elimination diet to find out what the culprits are; you can use nutritional seeds that help with gas and bloating. In my tests, I've found three main seeds that work best for reducing and eliminating flatulence.

These seeds are:

Flax Seeds 

The flax seed is a powerful superfood that is high in omega 3 and fiber. It contents potent anti-inflammatory properties and aids in reducing digestive irritations and also helps to lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

I recommendation is to use 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds daily with oats or in a smoothie.

Fennel Seeds

An excellent way to reduce farting in your sleep is to eat a teaspoon of fennel seeds whenever you feel bloated. They are a great addition to diets and quickly reduces the gassy feelings you may have at nights.

I recommend making a shake with fennel seeds, but you can also slowly chew them whenever you feel the need. Ensure that they are adequately chewed so you get the most out of them and it is easily digestible.

Chia Seeds

These seeds contain loads of vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids which are quite essential for maintaining a healthy body. They are an excellent alternative to fish which can cause excess gas in some persons.

2. Make a herbal tea before bed

Another excellent fix for frequently farting in your sleep is to make a herbal tea. Herbal teas are very easy to make and are completely natural and healthy for your body. They are cheap and helpful in allowing you to pass gas quicker by belching or may cause you to release all your farts before you sleep.

The teas I recommend trying are:

  • Chamomile Tea
  • Peppermint Tea
  • Ginger Tea
  • Crushed Fennel Seeds Tea

3. Take Digestive Enzymes

The older you become your body's digestions of certain food decreases. If you have recently taken a course of antibiotics, you may have done some damage to your stomach bacteria. The harm to your gut flora significantly reduces your ability to digest foods properly.

To enhance your body's digestive capabilities, I recommend taking natural digestive enzymes. Always remember from that any hard to digested food stays longer in your system. Foods that stay longer ferments and produces more gas than you would desire. 

Taking digestive enzyme can potentially reduce this by release the enzymes required to digest the foods you eat. By consuming these natural digestive enzymes, you will effectively reduce flatulence and sleep peacefully without worrying about these sneaky farts.

4. Take Probiotics

Probiotics are capsules that contain good bacteria. If you've done a course of antibiotics or taken a laxative, then probiotics could be helpful. The best probiotics contain strains from Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium infantis, Lactobacillus salivarius, Streptococcus faecium, Bifidobacterium bifidum family.

We know the names sound weird, but they work wonders in your stomach and boosts your body's immune system. They can also help in reducing your stomach bloating. I would recommend trying out a yogurt that contains these probiotics. However, since most yogurts contain dairy, I would stay away from them if you want to stop farting in your sleep.

5. Start Using Apple Cider Vinegar

use apple cider vinegar for passing gas in sleep

Probably one of the most popular natural remedies to date is Apple Cider Vinegar. This health remedy has taken the internet and peoples cupboard by storm. It has tonnes of health benefits for a host of health conditions and has proven itself in aiding digestion.

In my own experience apple cider vinegar has been able to reduce my stomach bloating within minutes. It is also beneficial in lowering heartburn and acid reflux symptoms. I've tried it for my nighttime farting, and it has helped me more noticeably than other solutions.

If all of these are out of your reach right now... we've still got you covered with our next solutions.

Best home remedies to stop farting in your sleep:

1. Try putting a pillow between your thighs!

Doing this helps separate your butt cheeks and could eliminate the farting sound you make passing gas. Opening up your butt allows the gas to pass silently. Just hope that the foods you ate aren't high in sulfur. If it is solution 5 is your next best bet if your partner wakes up.

2. Wear tight clothing to bed!

Tight underwear or any material made with thick cotton may be helpful to reduce the sound when you let one loose later on. The emphasis on this point is the clothing that you wear. Some materials are thinner and allow the noise and gas to pass through easily

3. Be cautious about the type of food or beverage you consume in the night.

Avoid foods or beverages that you know may lead to bloating such as sodas or sparkling water. If you know you have a date or plan to spend the night with a partner, you will want to avoid these foods or beverages that cause you to pass gas more often.

4. Sleep on your Side or Back

Sleeping on your back is tricky and takes a bit of practice, but you can do it if you try. If you are feeling full of gas and like a disaster is brewing, you may want to try to avoid sleeping on your stomach. By lying on your belly, you increase your chances of farting. Putting pressure on your stomach forces the gas out faster, especially if you have a little extra weight around the waist.

5. Blame it on the dog!

If you don't have one, then you need to consider adding this lovely pet to your family. Dogs fart very often and they can provide the perfect cover for those fireworks that go off in the nights. Don't be afraid to blame the dog.

6. Own up to it.

If you don't want to blame the dog, then you have to be confident with your sleep farting. These farts are natural and a part of what makes us humans. Girls, don't be afraid to be confident in your farting. Guys know that you are human and any guy that doesn't accept that might not be right for you. If you just got into a relationship, then it might not be appropriate, but our other solutions should help!

The bottom line

You're going to have to sleep at some point. Farting in your sleep is normal as we've explained over and over. Don't be afraid to accept it.

Here's another fact about farting:

A dead person can still pass gas up to three hours after dying! So expect that you will pass gas while you sleep. It's just how it is. Luckily there is a lot you can do about it. We've covered most of the solutions that work right away to help you get rid of flatulence in the night.

Always remember to avoid certain foods that cause bloating and cause you to fart when you don't want to. Try incorporating digestive enzymes and probiotics. If you've done all these, then you should be well on your way to getting rid of this problem.

What has been your experience with sleep farting? Let us know how it has affected you!

1 COMMENT

  1. Actually, we do fart in deep sleep, and it doesn’t have to be because of a medical condition. When we are asleep, our sphincters are more relaxed than when we are awake. Gas that would normally take effort to hold in while we’re awake, slips right out when we are asleep because there is little to no resistance from your sphincter.

    Some people’s sphincters simply do not restrain gas while they’re sleeping. Unlike urine and feces, our bodies aren’t trained to restrain flatulence. Your sleeping mind simply doesn’t care enough to resist it.

    Then there are people (like me) whose sphincters do tighten up to hold it gas. This is usually because we grew up in environments where even bedtime wasn’t private or safe.

    Cats and dogs fart in deep sleep, too.

    We absolutely do fart in our sleep. In every stage.

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