A few things happen at the same time every day: your first cup of coffee, the Today show, and, probably, when you poop. And while having a daily poop time might seem like a sign that you\’re amazing and regular, the scheduled time is actually pretty common.
Your colon, which helps push poop through your body, has an internal clock of sorts. Most people’s colons are quiet during the night while you sleep (which is why you probably rarely get up to go poop during the night), but it has a wake response in the morning. In other words, once you wake up and start your day, your colon does the same.
Some people may poop at the same time every morning, and have another BM around the same time in the afternoon, while others just typically tend to go around the same time every day or every other day. It’s not that your body suddenly develops poop. It’s just that your colon decides it’s the right time to push it out.
That also explains why you don’t poop as often when you travel, especially if you head to another time zone. Your body is expecting to wake up around the same time, but the cues are shifted. With that, your colonic clock shifts, and it can take a few days to adjust.
But if you find that your typical go time isn’t convenient for you, you can actually train yourself to poop at a time that is more amenable to your schedule. First, we recommends finding a time in your day that you know you’ll always be free to hit the bathroom, like 9:00 A.M., when you’ve had something to eat but before your office gets crazy. Then start going to the bathroom and sitting on the toilet for a few minutes at the same time every day.
Don’t do anything and don’t force it or push it. Your goal at first is not to have a bowel movement; it’s to condition your colon. After about two weeks, your body will get used to this routine and should be ready to go at the time of your choosing.
Sure, you don\’t have to train your colon, and you can keep pooping however you like, whenever you like. But if you find that you\’re regularly getting the urge during a time that kind of sucks for you, it\’s good to know you have options!
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