If you’ve ever experienced a period of insomnia or poor sleep for some other reason, you know first-hand just how important it is to sleep well at night – every night, ideally! There are numerous stressors that may stand between you and your pillow. Nothing may feel more frustrating than losing sleep because you have to get up several times throughout the night to urinate. We call this nocturia. You may call it a real pain.
What is Nocturia?
The need to wake up at night to urinate may occur now and then with most people. Nocturia is more than the occasional wakeup. This condition describes the need to wake up two or more times each night, interrupting quality sleep. Nocturia is more likely to affect adults over the age of 60. However, this condition may develop at any age. According to studies, as many as 1 in 3 individuals over the age of 30 struggle with this problem.
Because there are several potential reasons for nocturia, including menopause, childbirth, enlarged prostate, and health conditions such as high blood pressure, it is important to discuss frequent nighttime urination with a physician.
Treating Nocturia for Better Sleep
Nocturia is often a condition that stems from another, as in the case of high blood pressure. Understanding the underlying cause, we are better able to formulate an appropriate treatment plan to restore quality sleep. Sometimes, the condition can improve with simple lifestyle habits. If lifestyle modifications do not reduce nighttime urination, medication may be prescribed.
Lifestyle changes that may help include:
- Limiting fluid intake during the evening hours before bed.
- Taking a thirty-minute nap in the afternoon. This encourages fluid absorption into the bloodstream.
- Fluid absorption can also be encouraged by elevating the legs for a short time each afternoon, or by wearing compression socks.
- If nocturia is related to the overactive bladder, a patient may want to become mindful of foods that exacerbate the problem, such as certain spices or caffeine.
Medical therapies for nocturia may include:
- Bladder relaxing medication such as Mybetriq, often prescribed for overactive bladder.
- Anticholinergic medication, which inhibits nerve impulses and thus may reduce bladder activity.
A newer therapy, urine-reducing nasal spray, has also been approved by the FDA. This medication is typically used after other therapies have failed to improve symptoms.
Is nocturia keeping you up at night? It doesn’t have to. Call Collin County Urology for a consultation and examination.This entry was posted in Noturia. Bookmark the permalink.
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