When your Bladder Won’t Let you Sleep

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Bladder Control Treatments Plano TXYou know that you need a good night’s sleep to wake up feeling refreshed and able to function during the day. However, your bladder doesn’t. If you wake up multiple times a night to urinate, you know what we mean. This condition of frequent nighttime urination is referred to as nocturia. It affects nearly 1 in 3 adults – and not only older adults. Men and women in their thirties and beyond complain of waking two or more times a night to use the bathroom.

Why it Happens

It would seem obvious that solving the problem of nighttime urination would boil down to making better lifestyle choices. Don’t drink after 6pm, stop drinking caffeinated beverages after lunchtime. It’s not always that easy. Some of the reasons for nocturia have nothing to do with what a person drinks or when they drink it.

An enlarged prostate may cause a man to have to urinate more often. Childbirth, a weak pelvic floor, and menopause are common factors related to nocturia in women. These are not conditions that one has much control over. When frequent urination interrupts the sleep cycle, a thorough medical consultation and exam should be obtained.

In some instances, nocturia develops secondary to a bigger problem. Frequent waking may be associated with vascular disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes. A healthcare provider will perform a comprehensive workup to determine the cause of nighttime urination so that an appropriate treatment plan may be developed.

Some of the ways that nocturia may be addressed include:

  • Lifestyle changes such as decreasing fluid intake at night.
  • Implementing an afternoon nap into the day allows the body to absorb fluids long before bedtime. Urinate upon awakening from a short nap of about 30-minutes to empty the bladder.
  • Fluids are better distributed throughout the body by elevating the legs, or by wearing compression stockings.

When lifestyle changes do not improve the symptoms of nocturia, medication may be necessary. In combination with careful fluid intake and other healthy habits, medication can diminish the over activity of the bladder so sleep can be restored.

Is nighttime frequency of urination affecting your quality of life? Contact Collin County Urology at (972) 403-5425.

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