We get many different questions from our patients and prospective patients here at West Gastroenterology. From quandaries about the typical stomach ache to more serious concerns like the likelihood of someone developing stomach cancer, we are always available to those who live in the Los Angeles area. Recently, we received a question in our inbox about something that we believe many people experience and we thought we would share to get the word out. Continue reading below to see the email and our response.

Dear West Gastro,

Good morning and greetings from The Valley. While I hope you are thoroughly enjoying the beautiful day, I can’t say that my morning has been that pleasant. Honestly, it’s very rare that any morning is pleasant. You see, every single morning when I wake up, a wave a nausea comes over me and I end up vomiting. Now, before you ask, I am not pregnant. In fact, I am a man, so yes, I am sure. While this problem hasn’t persisted throughout my entire life, I have gone through periods in which I have had similar problems. While there are plenty of resources online that claim to know what the problem is, I thought writing to the professionals at your practice would gain me the most reliable answer. Do you have any idea why I continue to have this issue? And if so, is there anything I can do so that I am able to start my days off without this unenjoyable occurrence?

Thanks for your help!


Hey there, Dale!

First and foremost, we want to say thanks so much for taking the time to write in and ask your question. We love being able to be a reliable resource for all of those in Southern California, even if they are not our patients. Secondly, we are thrilled that you wrote in to ask this specific question. We hear from people all the time that they are experiencing “morning sickness” even though they are not pregnant. So take some solace in knowing that you are not the only one who is feeling a bit nauseous when waking in the morning. On the other hand, we hate to tell you that we cannot say for sure what it is that is ailing you, as it could be a number of things. With that said, let’s talk about the many reasons you may be having these symptoms.

It may just be that you’re not a morning person.

While you may just think “not being a morning person” is an excuse people use when they don’t want to get out of bed, it actually does have some scientific backing. When people feel nauseous in the mornings, it can often be because their brains are unable to release natural hormones that make them feel good. These are hormones like adrenalin and serotonin. This can result in the person feeling queasy, resulting in vomiting.

You might have acid reflux.

Another very common reason people get sick in the mornings is that they have acid reflux. This occurs when the mechanism between the stomach and the esophagus is not working the way it should be, which results in acid being thrown up after a night of sleep. In order to remedy this, you may want to consider not eating extremely large meals at night. Instead, make your largest meal of the day at lunchtime. Additionally, if your symptoms persist, you can always stop in to see one of our gastroenterologists.

It could be psychological.

It is not uncommon for people who struggle with stress, depression or anxiety to have physical symptoms as well. In fact, those who are going through periods of extreme stress or depression will notice that they have other symptoms in addition to vomiting such as sweating or palpitations. In order to remedy this, you may want to consider trying meditation when you wake in the mornings or see a local counselor to help you get a handle on your anxiety.

If you are still concerned that your morning sickness is not going to dissipate, we would suggest that you stop into our office. We can help you to uncover the real reason this keeps happening to you. Thank you again for writing in and good luck!

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