A good night’s sleep helps you feel rested and refreshed in the morning. However, when you have the frequent urge to use the restroom at night, a good night’s sleep can be hard to achieve.
If you find yourself waking up to urinate more than twice each night, you may have a condition called nocturia. This is most common in people over the age of 60.
Nighttime urination isn’t the same as a related condition called enuresis (bed-wetting). Enuresis is when you can’t control your need to urinate at night. While nighttime urination typically results in sleep loss, it can be a symptom of an underlying condition.
As we age, the body produces less of the antidiuretic hormone that helps us retain fluid. This results in increased urine production, especially at night. Muscles in the bladder can also become weak over time, making it more difficult to hold urine in the bladder.
Aging isn’t the only contributing factor to nighttime urination. Other common causes include chronic urinary tract infections, drinking excess fluids (especially caffeinated and alcoholic ones) before bed, bacterial infection in the bladder, and medications that encourage urination (diuretics).
Women may experience frequent urination as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. These circumstances can weaken the bladder and pelvic floor muscles.
In some cases, nighttime urination is a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Disease and conditions associated with frequent urination include chronic kidney failure, congestive heart failure, diabetes, and enlarged prostate. It may also be a symptom of sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, or restless leg syndrome.
Most people can get a full six to eight hours of rest without the need to urinate. However, nighttime urination causes you to get up several times at night to use the restroom. In its most severe forms, this condition causes you to get up five to six times at night.
Symptoms associated with nighttime urination include overproduction of urine, urinating too frequently, and feeling the urgent need to urinate but producing little urine.
Nighttime urination can cause problems. You can’t feel rested when you’re frequently using the restroom. Also, nighttime urination can increase the likelihood for falls and injury in the elderly.
Treatment for nighttime urination often depends on its cause. For example, you may drink too much before bed. Your doctor may recommend restricting your fluids after a certain time.
Certain behaviors can also reduce the frequency of nighttime urination. Taking an afternoon nap can help you feel more rested.
Keep your legs elevated during the day or wear compression stockings. This encourages fluid circulation and can also help minimize nighttime urination...
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