Peeing Too Much At Night? Here’s How To Stop

Today’s blog is republished from my friends at TheAlternativeDaily, a leading publisher of daily alternative health tips that I personally read every day…

If you suffer from frequent urination at night — also called nocturia — chances are you’re probably not getting enough restful sleep, leaving you cranky and frustrated with your body. Here’s how to get your overactive bladder under control, naturally.

 

What is nocturia?

If you find yourself getting up more than once during the six to eight hour period when you should be sleeping, you’re not alone. Approximately one in three adults over the age of 30 have nocturia (an excessive need to urinate at night), says the Urology Care Foundation. It could be the case that your body is making too much urine, your bladder can’t hold it for long periods of time or it’s a bit of both.

According to researchers, nocturia has a significant impact on people’s overall health and wellbeing. It contributes to fatigue, memory issues, depression and anxiety, higher risk of heart disease, gastrointestinal distress and increased risk of falls. Sleep is tied to everythingand without it, our bodies suffer.

 

What causes nocturia?

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There are several lifestyle choices, health conditions and medications that affect the presence of nocturia. One of the most common is aging. That’s because the older we get, the less our bodies produce the hormone that tells our kidneys to take it easy while we’re resting. In addition, with age, the bladder becomes less elastic, so it can’t hold onto as much urine as it used to be able to. The result? Frequent trips to the restroom in the middle of the night.

In older men, an enlarged prostate could be the culprit behind nocturia. This occurs because the bladder is unable to empty out completely, leading to more trips to the toilet round-the-clock. In women, those who have had children may have weaker muscles if they haven’t worked on their pelvic floor muscles. Additionally, women who have gone through menopause experience reduced estrogen production, which can impact the urinary tract.

 

More causes for nocturia

If you think you might have a serious medical condition, make an appointment with your doctor today. Here are some other common reasons for frequent urination at night:

  • Heart issues
  • Diabetes
  • Liver failure
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Overactive bladder
  • Prostate tumor
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity

Keep a diary by your bed and record how often you’re going to the restroom, so you can report back to your doctor. You can also use the BladderTrakHer web app and log every trip to the toilet. In the meantime, here are some ways to handle nocturia:

 

Drink less before bed

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Are you having several cups of tea before bed? Drinking a few too many glasses of wine in your PJs? Before anything else, try modifying the amount of liquid you drink before bedtime to see if this can effectively reduce nighttime urination. You may find immediate relief! Also make sure to avoid caffeine in the afternoon or alcohol in the late evening, since both interfere with your natural urination cycle.

With all of that said, it’s important not to reduce your overall fluid intake too much. It may seem like this is an easy way to stop peeing at night, but it could have adverse health effects, like a urinary tract infection. Speaking of which…

 

Check in with your urinary tract

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When you have the early symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI), you may feel the urge to “go” more often than normal, especially at night. Before a full-blown infection strikes, stay hydrated every day, adjust your diet to include probiotics and always pee after sex. You might have an infection if your nighttime urination is paired with pain in your stomach, a fever and blood in your urine. If this is the case, see a doctor right away to confirm your diagnosis.

 

Talk to your doctor about your meds

Many medications have nocturia as a side effect. For example, if you suffer from heart failure, your doctor may have prescribed you a diuretic to get rid of the edema (fluid buildup) in your lower extremities. Unfortunately, you may feel the need to pee more often at night. Talk to your doctor about changing the medication or see if you can take it earlier in the day.

 

Soothe your sleep disorder

It may not actually be the urge to pee that’s waking you up, but a different problem altogether. Do you have chronic pain? Sleep apnea? Are you feeling anxious or depressed lately? All of these things can interrupt your normal sleep pattern, leaving you awake at strange hours of the night. Talk to a physician you trust about to fix your sleep disorder, naturally. You may find that your peeing problem goes away too.

 

Eat a handful of raisins

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The evidence on this is purely anecdotal, but many nocturia sufferers have reported positive effects from eating a handful of raisins just before bed. To see if this works for you, eat 1/4 cup of raisins (about 30) before you head off to sleep. Try this for several nights in a row to see if it makes a difference. Even if it’s only the placebo effect, at least it works for some people!

 

Avoid ‘irritating’ foods and drinks

There are several foods and beverages that are known to make bladder irritation even worse. If you’re eating or drinking any of these, stop and see if your nocturia gets better:

  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee and tea
  • Processed foods
  • Tomatoes, tomato sauce, salsa
  • Hot sauce, chili peppers, wasabi or anything else that’s spicy
  • Acidic fruit juices, like orange and grapefruit

Make sure to scan the complete list of foods to avoid from the Cleveland Clinic.

 

Strengthen your pelvic floor

It’s always a good idea to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which support a woman’s uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum. For a man, strong pelvic floor muscles support the bladder and urethra, helping to combat incontinence and other problems down the line.

So what’s the solution for both men and women? Kegel exercises! Studies have shown that performing kegel exercises on a daily basis can significantly strengthen pelvic floor muscles, which helps to address many of the biggest problems associated with urinary issues.

First, identify the muscle group by interrupting the flow of urine. Hold for five seconds, then resume peeing. Once you’re familiar with the right muscles, lie down on your back in a comfortable spot. Tighten the pelvic floor muscles, holding the contraction for five seconds, then relax for five seconds. Do the exercise four to five times in a row, a few times a week. Be careful not to overextend your bladder and cause further irritation. Within a few weeks, you should have a stronger pelvic floor, especially if you try out this next tip…

 

Roll out your yoga mat

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Among yoga’s numerous benefits are exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor. Get on down to your nearest yoga studio or search for “yoga and pelvic floor” exercises on YouTube. Some of the best asanas for your pelvis are:

  • Squat
  • Locust pose
  • Warrior II pose
  • Bridge pose
  • Chair pose
  • Child’s pose

(The original article source is here)
Hilary Lebow

 

Before you go, I have another important message for both men and women…

Attention Women: Stop ‘pee leaks’ with this upper body stretch

If you want to stop bladder leakage and tighten your pelvic floor, you’re supposed to do kegels, right? Well…

That’s wrong, but there is an UPPER body stretch that strengthens your pelvic floor and stops ‘pee leaks’…

>> This strange upper body stretch STOPS bladder leakage

 

Attention Men: try THIS if you have an enlarged SWOLLEN prostate:

Just a handful of doctors knew this until recently:

Every man over 40 suffering from prostate problems has this hidden toxin “leaking” inside their bodies…

And not only does it swell the prostate, giving you the nagging sensation that you have to pee immediately…

But could also lead to other incurable complications!

How to avoid the dangerous “prostate toxin”.

 



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About The Watchdog

Mike Geary has been a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer for over 15 years now. He has been studying nutrition and exercise for almost 25 years, ever since being a young teenager. Mike is originally from Pennsylvania, but has fallen in love with mountain life and now resides in the picturesque mountains of Utah. Mike is an avid adventurist and when he’s not spending his time skiing, mountain biking, hiking, or paddleboarding on the lake, he has enjoyed skydiving, whitewater rafting, piloting an Italian fighter plane (seriously), scuba diving, heli-skiing, and traveling all around the world, enjoying learning about different cultures. At the age of 40, Mike now feels healthier, stronger, and more energetic than when he was 20... All because of a healthy lifestyle and great nutrition!

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  1. This information is vital for me. I’m above 40 n i remember getting up severaly in the night to pee,. also I’m drinking lots of warm water through out the day but not alcohol, i knew the could be a problem, so now i will go for check up. Thanks for being Dr.

  2. Albina Maydannikova

    Good evening’
    This information is very important for me too. Because of nocturia, I am waking up during the night almost every hour. I am not drinking much in the evening. Actually, I don’t drink after 6 pm but it doesn’t work for me, I still have to run to restroom 5-6 times during the night.
    Would appreciate very much your help in this matter.
    Thank you.

    • great information. Thank you.

    • I am in my late 70s have to
      Pee at least 6 times a night afterwards have a hot flush last about half an hour sometimes i can go back to sleep
      Other times lay awake until I need to go again
      Have been like this for thirty years only relief was when I was on hormone replacement therapy
      Have high blood pressure under control with medication also have had heart surgery valve repair
      Haven’t had a good nights sleep since I went off HRT last June
      Can you help me
      Ij

  3. Don’t forget venous congestion in the legs. Your heart might be doing just fine but as we age, the valves in our veins don’t work as well at preventing pooling. And when one lies down, voila, the blood is now helped by gravity to go where it’s supposed to.
    One remedy might be to just elevate your feet for an hour or so before bedtime.

  4. great advice for a senior citizen like me

  5. Lkke to sleep through the night without so many trips to the bathroom.

    • Hi, I have high blood pressure and it was dangerously high in May of 2018. ZonibwS hospitalized, since then ivechad different things going on in.munbody, and many hospitalizations that have resulted in my seeing seven differentvspeciality doctors. The problem now, is frequent urination and I wS getting upnatvleastcsix to ten times a night. My urologist had me taking two medications aswell as an antibiotic, and I stayed on the nitroforantoin for about one year..Now I’m experiencing pain in my belly and frequent soft stools. It’s not runny diarrhea, all 9fvthevtimd, but it goes back and forth. It almost It almost feels like I have a blockage and im.constipated, but the painful feeling whilecrryong to relieve myself is excruciating, and can ladtcfrom a few hours to about four days, before i.am relieved. Tben for several hours,, or in this case, I have soft frequent stools or some wwatery diarrhea, and it has lasted anywhere from s few days to several weeks. Then goes awaY a while then starts,over now and then. Anyone else experience this.

  6. I’m a 65 year old male and I’m not big tv fan and maybe 8 years ago I started watching intense shows on Netflix with my now ex wife and my daughter. I have found if I don’t watch intense shows I don’t have to pee as much and sometimes can only get up once ans if I’m really stressed from life and watch intense shows I have to pee 5 to 8 times a night.

  7. to keep the area around your kidneys warm at night is also rather important.
    Often the nightdress slides up and that part of your back is left cold.. and that
    gives You the urge

  8. Where does the slice of lemon shown on the thumbnail? Peeing too much at night is a direct result of eating before bedtime. When we eat, we drink because digestion needs water to make it work. Remember high school chemistry class, one mole of water and one calorie are given off at digestion so if you are digesting food while you sleep, you will get up and pee more often. Put away the Doritos and Peanuts and don’t eat after 8:pm and you’ll sleep like a baby.

    • this is true to a point, but there are other reasons people get up to pee in the middle of the night…prostate issues for men, for example. It’s not always so simple

      • I agree. I need a screening. Just came away from the emergency room yet a again with another bladder infection and high fever. I keep getting these and now wonder if my enlarged prostate gland is the culprit

    • Sounds like good advice to me. I avoid carbs as often as I can at least two hours before bedtime. As a diabetic, that is very helpful as well…

  9. This information is vital for me. I’m above 75 y women i remember getting up severaly in the night to pee,.

    great advice for a senior citizen like me

    Thanks for being Dr.🙋🍀🌹🌷🍀

  10. My prostate was removed 10 years ago. Nocturia was worse. I don’t drink after 6:00 p.m. Still urinating 5-6 times every night. Not sure what to do. Very annoying to say the least.

  11. Great article. I just want to hang out with the Watchdog to see what the mountains of Utah looks really like! I know no one who lives there…

  12. Indeed express and clear; quite educative and treating. Please, take the initiative and consider other areas of one’s night’s unrest and discomfort tied to ones body. Such an area is body paining, especially so Head and Stomach ache.

  13. robert patrick vidulich

    I wake up sometimes 3 times a night. I have had my prostate removed 30 yrs ago I am an active triathlete. I watch am careful of my diet. I wake up in the night because I believe I will go back to sleep if I empty my bladder. There are times after a busy workout or hard day I use Tylenol which tends to reduce rising up or reduce inflamation.

  14. I really enjoy reading this article because I am going through this right now and I’m going to try this.Thank You!!!

  15. I want to know about a child who is 10years and still urinating at her during bedtime what can I give him/her

  16. With PTSD since 18. A cop until disabled. In the USAF a fireman, also disabled fireman I should be dead. Instead at age 80 I am a survivor! Up many times at night to pee. Absolutely grateful! Waking proves I exist! Miracle! Wrote a book at age 78!

  17. I was diagnoses with sleep apnea in 1992. My 02 level was low 82% and I was fully awake 4-5 times an hour during sleep cycle. In 1987 Dr. Ken Wu at the Century City Hospital as part of s sleep apnea study; performed an surgical operation experiment. He opened my throat and removed my throat valve. The first six sleep test with all the equipment for testing did not improve my apnea or 02 levels. After the surgery on my throat the next sleep test showed greatly improved 02 to 98% but the apnea did not improve. For over thirty years, I have great 02 levels but sleep only 2 to 5 hours a night. In the 90s I was told with low 02 levels, I would suffer with brain dementia in 10 years. Well I seem to have beaten that diagnostics and do not use any equipment to boost 02 levels during sleep. As a footnote; While sleeping I flop around so much these apnea 02 machines get tangled and stop working. At almost 80, I am doing OK.

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