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Nocturia 101

Twas the night before Christmas and in one room of the house,

Mamas bladder grew pesky, her sheets she hoped not to douse.

Her nocturia she thought she had treated with care,

Then realized soon after the issue was unfortunately still there.

So what should she do, she wondered about it?

Eureka! She would call her urologist for a consult lickety split.

Nocturia is a condition of the urinary tract that affects 1 in three adults over thirty in both men and women. If you wake up one or more times during the night to urinate, you may have it. Nocturia can be caused from a simple habit like drinking too much fluid (especially caffeine or alcohol) before bed. Or it could be from certain medication, illnesses or reduced bladder capacity.


Here are some known lifestyle habits that can cause nocturia in men or women:

Additional causes can include the following:

Or perhaps health issues play a part in your Nocturia Symptoms like:

Sleep disruption from having to urinate during the night can impact your quality of life and the relationship between you and your partner. It helps to talk with your health care provider to learn why you make multiple trips to the bathroom at night. You may learn that your nocturia is fairly easy to treat, or you may find it's from something more serious.


Depending on your healthcare provider’s diagnosis and the results from any tests that may be warranted, there are several ways to treat nocturia. Some of these include lifestyle changes that can be easily implemented such as limiting fluid intake at night, drinking plenty of fluids during the day but limit fluids 2-4 hours before going to bed, watch the intake of caffeine and alcohol and by managing your use of diuretic medicines. For example, if you have to take a diuretic, take these 6 or more hours before sleep because it will help reduce the number of times you urinate at night. Other ways to help your symptoms can include raising your legs at night while you are in bed or using compression socks. One tip can also be enjoying an afternoon nap, if you are able to or have time for one. The Urology Care Foundation states that “When you sleep poorly, a nap can be welcome. Naps can also allow liquids to flow into the bloodstream.” However, they also advise to be careful not to nap too much.

I know we say this often, but health issues don’t subside just because it’s the holidays. As much as we wish we could push things aside as we work to balance taking care of our careers, our families and our homes, self-care and tending our health often takes a backseat to all of the other checkmarks on the “To Do” list. If you are dealing with symptoms of Nocturia, please contact our office as we are happy to help you in any way possible to get your health on the right track for the New Year.

Lauren Rogers

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