What is Nocturia?
When you sleep, your body produces less urine which is more concentrated which is quite noticeable during your first pee in the morning.
When you visit the toilet more than twice during the night to pee, you may have Nocturia or Nocturnal Polyuria, which means excessive urination during the night.
Other than causing disruption to your sleep pattern and robbing your body of its chance to heal and repair, Nocturia may be a sign of a medical condition.
People prone to Nocturia
Nocturia occurs more commonly among seniors and the elderly, but the younger generation can get it too. The causes of Nocturia can range from lifestyle one leads, to ongoing medical conditions.
Medical conditions related to Nocturia
There are many medical conditions related to Nocturia, which can include:
- anxiety and stress
- bladder infection
- bladder prolapse (weak bladder)
- certain medications, e.g., diuretics (water pills)
- heart failure
- kidney infection
- liver failure
- overactive bladder
- prostate infection or enlargement
- tumors in the bladder or prostate
- urinary tract infection (UTI)
Medical consultation with a doctor is necessary to determine if you suffer from Nocturia, and the cause of it.
Can lifestyle be related to Nocturia?
If you drink a lot of liquids in excess of your body’s requirement especially close to your bedtime, yes, you can suffer from Nocturia as there is excess fluid your body needs to expel.
Alcohol and caffeinated drinks are natural diuretics, which means these drinks cause your body to produce more urine.
Then there are people who over the years have trained their bodies to automatically wake up at certain times of the night to go to the toilet and pee, although the bladder may not be full.
Are there treatments to prevent Nocturia?
The first step to getting the correct treatment, would be to consult your doctor. If you started experiencing Nocturia after taking a new medication, your doctor may want you to try another medication, after which your symptoms may stop.
Depending on your condition, there are medications which your doctor may prescribe which may help either
- slow down an overactive bladder, or
- cause your kidneys to produce less urine at night.
Some simple home remedies would include
- reduce your fluid intake 2 – 4 hours before sleeping. This includes alcohol or caffeinated beverages as well.
- try to avoid taking bladder irritants such as acidic foods, artificial sweeteners, sweets and spicy foods, for dinner or supper.
- empty your bladder just before you go to bed.
- pelvic floor exercises such as Kegel exercises, will strengthen your pelvic muscles and improve your bladder control.
- try to achieve a level of calmness before sleeping by reading a novel (not the newspaper!), meditation or prayers, or listening to soothing music.
- maintain a regular sleep pattern, i.e., try to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, and try not to nap during the day.
Nocturia affects your sleep cycle, and if it is left untreated, it will lead to sleep deprivation, daytime drowsiness, fatigue, brain fog and mood changes.
There is no need to suffer unnecessarily every night. Make an appointment with your family doctor, as he/she will then determine if you need to consult a somnologist aka sleep doctor for further diagnosis.
We have mentioned simple lifestyle changes and treatment options available that may help a person having Nocturia, and your doctor or somnologist will be able to advise which option is suitable for you, which is very important especially if you are already on medication for a current medical condition.
We hope our readers have found our general summary on Nocturia informative. This article should not be taken as medical advice, which should always be left to a doctor to provide.
Important: Taking any other forms of medicine, TCM, supplements or herbal concoctions while on Western medication, without prior clearance from your doctor can be dangerous and even fatal in certain cases. Our readers are always advised to consult a doctor before embarking on any form of treatment or home remedy.
14th September 2020 13:36
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