Are you having difficulty falling and/or staying asleep at night due to hemorrhoids? You’re not alone.

About five percent of the population has hemorrhoids and they’re usually common in people in their 60s and 70s.

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids that can disrupt sleep?
There are several symptoms of hemorrhoids that can affect one’s sleep. These include bleeding, itching, and pain.

The veins in the rectal area can dilate when subjected to high pressure, such as in cases of pregnancy or straining during a bowel movement. When this goes on constantly, the veins could easily get damaged even with just a bowel movement and bleeding.

The itching from hemorrhoids can be brought about by several causes. This can occur as a result of the skin-irritating mucus produced by the lining of the hemorrhoids or a result of one’s vigorous cleaning in the area.

Thrombosed hemorrhoids (hemorrhoids with no blood flow due to blood clots) can be tender and painful. When these hemorrhoids burst, they can also cause bleeding.

Getting back your sleep
If your hemorrhoids are getting so bad that they keep you awake at night, then it’s time to consider getting your hemorrhoids treated.

At Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville, we have surgeons who specialize in hemorrhoid treatment.

Infrared coagulation (IRC) is one of the treatment options we offer. It’s one of the leading in-office, non-surgical treatments for hemorrhoids.

This procedure involves the use of a small probe that exposes the vein above the hemorrhoids to short bursts of warm light. This causes hemorrhoids to gently shrink and recede.

Normally, it takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Since it’s non-surgical, this doesn’t involve any cutting, stitches, anesthesia, or downtime. And, IRC is covered by most insurance plans!

For more severe cases of hemorrhoids, hemorrhoidectomy (a surgical procedure) may be needed. We will work with you to find the most appropriate treatment option for you.

You can request an appointment with the Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center online at or by calling our confidential hemorrhoid hotline at (865) 588-9952.