the probiotic shifts my bowels from having wind (sort of bloated and spasms sometimes)..from being rather loose and "lighter" to being denser and heavier. I think I am getting used to the heaviness feeling.
Bowel activity always disrupts my sleep. Presumably, its moving through too fast. However, the probiotic isn't really altering the timing of morning events. But it looks like I have better digested the food. And thats good.
I often sit on toilets at 5 and 6 am and then go back to sleep for three hours.
Other peoples body's dont' do this.
I read the colon exists to create convenience. My colon did not read the manual.
I have also suffered from the dreaded middle-of-the-night BM. It doesn't happen as regularly as it used to, fortunately. I've seen numerous GI doctors and they have all agreed this type of thing 'shouldn't happen' with mere IBS, being more typical of IBD or some other problem. Ultimately I think it might be a manifestation of dysautonomia, in my case due to small fiber neuropathy.
While this probiotic has only provided modest benefit to my GI symptoms per se, one of those benefits has been a definite decrease in bloating/flatulence - to the extent that I've been able to eat small portions of certain foods, like broccoli and corn, that I was previously unable to tolerate due to extreme bloating. This also contrasts with other, garden variety lacto/bifido probiotics (or probiotic foods) which have always caused a worsening of these symptoms for me.
This all makes me think that the underlying, 'ultimate cause' of severe bloating isn't dysbiosis as is often assumed. The original paper I cited, along with my personal experience, suggest that this probiotic is exerting its benefit via endocrine/neurological factors, either by improving motility, modulating the biochemical environment in which fermentation might occur, or simply by reducing the perception of bloating. If there is an improvement in gut flora composition, it seems to be secondary to these factors.