Do you find yourself awakening two, three, even four times a night just to go pee? If this is the case you might have what they call nocturia. Nocturia is often more prevalent in people over the age of 60 and increases its effectiveness in age. There is no reason to worry as there are many preventive measures we can take to help ease these nighttime potty breaks.
Possible Causes of Nocturia
Both men and women can experience nocturia for different reasons. Men can experience it from having an enlarged prostate while women can experience nocturia from the result of menopause or childbirth. There are also other things we need to look out for that can be causing our nighttime peeing problem.
The first thing to check is to see how much fluid you are drinking before you go to bed. You should attempt to stop drinking water or any fluid approximately two hours before you fall asleep.
How much alcohol are you drinking? We all know when we drink a lot we can tend to "break the seal." Alcohol dehydrates your body and will cause you to pee at night.
Check your medications as they might be a diuretic. Medications that are considered diuretic medicines are ACE inhibitors, alpha blockers, beta blockers, and many other medications for your heart and blood vessels. You should also see how much caffeine you are ingesting because caffeine; whether in capsule form or in one of the 6 Coca Colas you drink everyday that you don't need, will act as a diuretic also.
Serious Causes of Nocturia
Sometimes nocturia can be caused beyond the actions stated above. It can be attributed to Type I and Type II Diabetes, Sleep Apnea, and High Blood Pressure. Finding a physician to check you out is the next step. They will proceed to send you to a specialist; this includes y our gyno, neurologist, endocrinologist and so on.
You also may be a victim of cytitis, which is urinary tract infection caused by bacteria from the lower intestine. It is more common in women because they have a very short urethra.
Now you know what to look out for and the steps you can take to stop your nighttime pee sessions, or at least limit them!