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Helpful Tips To Reduce Bathroom Breaks In The Middle Of The Night
The need to pee at least once during the night is called nocturia. Approximately 40% of adults are estimated to experience the condition, doubling to 80% for older adults.
Nighttime bathroom breaks can make us exhausted and more prone to accidental injury. These expert tips help manage your nocturia so you can sleep more soundly.
Health Conditions
Cleveland Clinic says nocturia may be a sign of an underlying issue like diabetes, urinary tract infections, prostate issues, and overactive bladder syndrome.
Depending on the cause, treating the underlying condition may help reduce nighttime urination. Bladder capacity, fluid intake, diet, and medications can also be factors.
Diarize the types and amounts of foods and beverages you consume, frequency of bathroom trips during waking hours and at night, duration of urination, and any leaks.
If you take a diuretic, jot that down too. Cleveland Clinic says tracking will help you and your physician draw connections to potential causes of your nighttime urination.
Reduce Fluids
Cleveland Clinic suggests drinking less liquid approximately two hours before bed, but the National Association for Continence recommends four to six hours prior.
The kinds of beverages you're drinking also matter. Alcohol and caffeine boost urine production; the greater the caffeine content, the more pee you can expect.