Nocturia is a urinary problem which consists of getting up to go to the bathroom repeatedly during the night. It is a problem associated with age, although it can also be suffered by young people.
It is related to the use of certain medications and also some diseases or sleep disorders. Habits also influence the appearance of nocturia.
Urinate at night
The reason we all cut back on visits to the bathroom at night is antidiuretic hormone, which decreases the body’s urine output. This hormone is produced in the hypothalamus and causes the water that reaches the kidney to be reabsorbed, instead of producing urine. However, after a certain age, visits to the bathroom become more frequent. And starting at age 70, it is common to urinate up to twice a night.
It is normal for you to wake up once a night to urinate. However, when this happens several times during the night, it may be a hint of something more important. First of all, because it interrupts sleep and disrupts daily activities.
In fact, after three nocturnal urinations it is considered that there may be a greater risk of mortality, according to an article published in Webconsultas.
If you are an older person and you get up to going to the bathroom repeatedly during the night, it may be due to the following factors:
Suffer from hypertension, diabetes or prostatitis that cause nocturia to appear. Taking medications, antidepressants, diuretics, and those used to treat Alzheimer’s also make you want to urinate at night.
Have problems sleeping or suffer from a sleep disorder, since the person will be awake and will produce urine during the night.
Effects of nocturia
The fragmentation of sleep caused by getting out of bed to go repeatedly to urinate during the night, although it is a problem in itself, it also produces others that affect your physical and mental health.
Besides of tiredness from not sleeping well, it could also cause depression, memory loss and poor concentration, as well as reduced level of care.
Decreased physical and mental capacity, causing falls either at night or during the day, and possible fractures. Increased sedentary lifestyle and little mobility during the day.
Something that can be dangerous is self-medication and the consumption of natural remedies without any prescription to get a better rest. This could lead to serious health problems, as these medicines could interfere with the function of other drugs.
How to reduce visits to the bathroom
One of the things to avoid is holding back the urge to urinate. It is also not advisable to ingest any type of fluids at least 3 hours before going to sleep.
Walk at least 30 minutes a day. It is also important to lie down for the same amount of time, especially those who have edema in the lower limbs caused by poor mobility.
It is important to know the medications you are taking and their side effects. But most important of all: go to the doctor, especially if you suffer from any illness or visits to the bathroom are frequent and none of these tips are enough.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.