It could be affecting your physical and mental health.
What's a common sleep problem you may have? No, we're not talking about snoring again. We're talking about nocturia. Yes, the sleep-disrupting urge to pee multiple times a night. More than 50% of people age 60-70 have to run to the bathroom in the middle of the night. And that number jumps up to 80 or 90% when they get older.
Why Do I Have to Pee So Much at Night?
Nocturia can happen when your body makes too much urine or can't store it for six to eight hours. It can also be triggered by drinking too much fluid like caffeine and alcohol before bedtime, sleep apnea and insomnia. The timing of certain medications, including diuretics, some antibiotics, anti-seizure meds, and excessive vitamin D, can also bring on the urge to pee during slumber. Anything else? Yes. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, prostate obstruction, menopause and vaginal prolapse are also possible causes.
Is There Anything I Can Do About It?
Because poor sleep has a cascade effect on your physical and mental health, aggravating health issues you're already dealing with, you'll want to talk to your doctor about your nocturia. There are four ways to that can help remedy the situation:
- Identify and correct underlying health problems
- Cut down on how much you drink in the two hours before bedtime
- Change the time of day you take some meds
- Consider medication that treats an overactive bladder.
If you and your doctor work together to find a solution, you'll sleep better and be able to enjoy tomorrow.