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Nocturia: When incontinence does not sleep

If we wake up more than twice at night with the uncontrollable urge to urinate can be what is called nocturia. Put another way, when incontinence is not a symptom appears awake, among other consequences, can seriously impair quality of life of the sufferer as it interferes directly on the rest and sleep, which is essential for energy recovery and face the day. Nocturia not always appear as a result of a health problem, but also may be behind certain habits such as drinking plenty of fluids before going to bed or dinner foods high in water content, such as vegetables.


Do you wake up more than twice during the night with an uncontrollable urination win? It is the most obvious sign of nocturia, a problem that, although it affects more men, it also occurs in women, and may seriously impair the quality of life of the sufferer.

The first consequence of nocturia is affecting the sleep hygiene, interfering with the rest. The wake up and get up several times early in the morning will reduce the quality of our sleep and will do that, the next day, we feel more tired. This in turn can translate into fatigue, malaise, increased irritability or loss of concentration. In fact, in recent years, researchers have begun to pay more attention to nocturia, as it could also be related to sleep disorders.

Nocturia may also involve a greater number of falls during the night, especially in cases of older people or with difficult problems. It is noted that, although the problem of nocturia is usually more common after age 50, may appear much earlier. In fact, according to doctors, it is estimated that one in five young people suffering from nocturia or, at least, is likely to have this problem. In addition, some situations or stages of life, such as pregnancy, may favor the nocturia.

Nocturia: Causes

There are several causes that may be behind nocturia, including the condition of the bladder or prostate or excessive fluid production (which is called nocturnal polyuria). In this case, habits such as drinking plenty of fluids before bedtime or dinner too water-rich foods (soups, vegetables…) may explain this increased urination.

Some diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart failure, kidney failure or sleep apnea can cause nocturia.

Prevention Tips

Fix certain habits will help prevent nocturia, for example, avoid taking much fluid in the hours before bedtime. We also recommend dinner at least two hours before to avoid having to get up soon after going to bed and avoid snacking after dinner (that increase thirst). If you have used too much liquid, it is better to delay (half an hour) go to sleep.

Another custom that also should be avoided, especially if you are prone to nocturia, is to get up at night to drink water. It is also advisable to keep a diary, in which we write down the hours and the amount of urine. This will lead to better control and helps to revise certain habits that can aggravate the problem.