Waking At Night To Urinate May Not Be Healthy

Waking At Night To Urinate_Strength 24 Jasmine SupplementAs we get older, there is a tendency to have a diminishing capacity to contain urine, especially at night. If you’re waking more frequently than a baby to urinate, then you have what is known as nocturia. As a symptom, waking at night to urinate may be the effect of excessive liquid intake just before sleeping. In women, it might be indicative that you are pregnant since in the first trimester of pregnancy, a woman needs to urinate in the middle of the night because of the rise in progesterone levels. For a woman in her 40’s or 50’s waking at night to urinate could be a sign or symptom of menopause.

Laying off fluids such as alcoholic beverages and drinks that contain caffeine may help eliminate the problem if it’s just a matter of taking in a little too much liquid before bedtime. Also, medications that are diuretic in nature and medicines for cold or flu may have minor (but still adverse effects) on your bladder and increase your need to go to the bathroom after sleeping for only an hour.

The risk factors of waking at night to urinate:

There are real risk factors that should be taken into account as a probable cause for waking at night to urinate including:

  • Age – people tend to be more prone to waking up at night to urinate as they get older.
  • Prostate issues – men who have these issues will definitely find it difficult to hold their urine and sometimes find themselves waking at night to urinate 3 or more times.
  • Prolapse of the pelvic organ and bladder – this is the effect of pregnancy because the growing fetus puts pressure on the expectant mother’s urinary tract.
  • Inflamed bladder – either it’s interstitial cystitis or radiation cystitis and either way it will can cause your bladder to function with much difficulty because this condition means that it is inflamed.
  • Urinary tract infection or UTI – more common in adolescent females as a result of wiping fecal matter or urine incorrectly (from back of the anus upfront to the vagina instead of from front to back) can cause inflammation and bacterial infection of the vaginal area.
  • Bladder blockage – stones that have lodged in the urinary tract can cause the ureters or bladder itself to become inflamed, thus, necessitating urination at night even in the middle of sleep.

It Could Be an Aggravating Factor

Frequent night urination may, however, be an aggravating factor in already existing health conditions such as:

  • Diabetes;
  • Restless leg syndrome;
  • Parkinson’s disease;
  • Vascular irregularities;
  • Multiple sclerosis;
  • Sleep apnea; and
  • Heart disease.

According to Penn Medicine Division Chief of Urology and Co-Director of the Urologic Oncology and Incontinence Program, Alain Wein, M.D., there is evidence that nocturia is related to far ranging health issues brought up by waking at night to urinate. These could be from falls and fractures to diseases like diabetes.

It Might Be a Sign of Diabetes

An internal medicine specialist or urologist can determine if your symptoms are those of nocturia and differentiate them from normal occurrences of night time urination such as not emptying your bladder before going to bed after drinking water or milk. A medical expert can tell you if what you just voided was just really urine or nocturnal polyuria, meaning you make a lot of urine at night, and the same expert will let you know if what you have is diurnal polyuria, which means that you generally make way too much urine, whether day or night. Diurnal polyuria is a symptom of diabetes.

Sleep Apnea or Snoring

People who have sleep apnea or serious snoring may wake up but not really need to urinate — even though they think that is why they have awakened. Treat the sleep apnea and nocturia is eliminated.

Behavior Modification

Modification of behavior is also another treatment for nocturia in which you do not take fluids after 4:00 PM. If you’re on diuretic medication, your doctor should be able to adjust your dosage for this or simply prescribe medication specifically addressing the overactive bladder situation of waking up at night to urinate.

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