Nocturia and Night Urination

01/03/2012

night urination

There are many different issues that can disrupt your sleep and prevent you from obtaining a good night’s rest. One condition that can cause this is called Nocturia, which is a medical problem that is characterized by night urination, resulting in an individual having to wake up to relieve their bladder during their sleep time.

Nocturia – which may present in an individual as nocturnal polyuria, low nocturnal bladder capacity or a combination of both – occurs in women and men equally and may result due to various reasons. Although night urination can happen at just about any age, it is typically seen in older adults and is a condition that tends to worsen with time.

Since it is not entirely uncommon for the average person to have to get up in the middle of the night on occasion to go to the washroom, especially if they have consumed a substantial amount of liquids or alcohol shortly before bedtime, it’s not always easy for a person to realize the difference between the results of consuming too much liquid prior to sleep and night urination that is a chronic problem. Therefore, it’s important to know the symptoms of nocturia, so a person knows what to watch for in case they suspect a more serious issue is at hand.

The two most common nocturia symptoms include:

  1. Unable to sleep for 6 – 8 hours straight without having to get up for the bathroom
  2. The need to urinate more than once during sleep time

What causes chronic night urination? There are a variety of causes, such as:

  • Daily urine production is higher than average (exceeds 2 liters)
  • The body urine production increases during sleep (known as nocturnal polyuria)
  • The amount of urine produced during the night is greater than the bladder’s capacity (known as low nocturnal bladder capacity)

That said, while the above may be the cause of the symptoms, nocturia is often caused by other issues that may include:

  • ingesting too much fluid prior to bedtime, especially diuretics
  • Certain medications, such as diuretic drugs (water pills)
  • Excessive vitamin D intake
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Edema of lower legs
  • Sleeping disorders that result in a person waking up repeatedly through the night
  • Bladder issues, such as obstruction, infections, overactivity, and inflammation of the bladder.
  • Etc.

If you think you may have nocturia, you should bring up your concerns with your doctor and obtain an official diagnosis to discover the root cause. There are both natural and medicinal treatments for the condition and once you obtain effective treatment, you’ll be able to achieve a good nights rest.

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