What Could Be Causing You To Use The Bathroom Frequently At Night?
Posted: May 22, 2019
If you can’t seem to sleep through the night without getting up to urinate, that might be the cause or symptom of another problem, such as sleep apnea. Waking up to urinate in the middle of the night is also linked to nocturia, which is an inability to sleep. In other words, you have to urinate because you have woken up and not the other way around.
Nocturia and Frequent Urination
Waking up just once per night to urinate can be a problem if it disrupts sleep. Generally, people are able to sleep through the night without waking up to urinate although this can change with age. People who get up two or more times per night to urinate may be considered to have nocturia.
Frequent urination at night can be caused by lifestyle factors, sleep disorders or medical conditions among other things. If you drink something in the two to four hours before going to sleep, particularly beverages that contain alcohol or caffeine, you may need to get up one or more times during the night. Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing during the night, and this can wake you up, which in turn could have you making a trip to the bathroom. Certain medications can also be the cause. An enlarged prostate or an irritated or infected bladder may also be the culprit. Diabetes, anxiety and a kidney infection are among the many other causes of nighttime waking that could be followed by needing to urinate.
Prevention and Treatment
Avoiding spicy foods and liquids a few hours before bed may be sufficient for some people. Changing medications could also take care of the problem.
If neither of these is the cause, it could take some time to get to the bottom of the nocturia or frequent urination. A doctor may use a combination of patient self-reporting and diagnostic testing to determine the cause. A sleep study could indicate it is because of sleep apnea. Other tests could include blood tests, a urinalysis or a CT scan. Medication or other treatment of the underlying conditions may reduce or possibly eliminate the problem.
Are you are suffering from sleep problems or frequent nighttime urination? Visit Low T Center’s website today at www.lowtcenter.com to make an appointment for a men’s health assessment. Whether you need sleep apnea treatment, are suffering from an enlarged prostate or have another condition that is causing the issue, Low T Center may be able to help.
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