All we wish for at night is to have a deep uninterrupted sleep. But there are many whose sleep might get interrupted every two hours for the urge to urinate. This condition is called nocturia. In normal cases, our body produces less urine at night that is usually more concentrated. Nocturia might also be a symptom of some underlying health condition. Some conditions can be managed by you, whereas some may require a medical intervention.
Let us first see the probable causes that can lead to nocturia
You might be drinking a lot of fluid:
If you drink too much water just before going to sleep, you might have to wake up in the middle of the night to pee. Also having too much alcohol and other caffeinated drinks before bedtime interrupts your sleep for the need to pee.
It might be your age:
The more you age, your body might produce lesser hormones that help concentrate urine and hold it till morning. Other age-related health problems may also make you want to pee multiple times at night. Adult men with enlarged prostate usually feel the urge to empty bladder many times at night.
Also, women after menopause produce less estrogen that increases the frequency to pee at night.
Medications may also be a factor:
At times there are certain medications that pull fluid out of your system more than usual. Medications prescribed to treat high blood pressure may have this side-effect.
You may consider taking a Pregnancy test:
One of the early signs of pregnancy is nocturia. And later in your third trimester, it is common among pregnant women to pee more than often. This happens because of the growing uterus that presses against the bladder.
Do you have a sleep problem?
Sleep disorders caused by restless legs syndrome, hot flashes, ongoing (chronic) pain, or depression might wake you up multiple times in the middle of the night urging you to pee. Sleep apnea also increases your frequency time to empty your bladder.
It might have something to do with your heart:
Are you sure your heart is pumping the way it should? If not, fluid starts building up and your bladder needs to flush that out many times at night.
It might be UTI or other medical conditions:
Nocturia might also be caused due to a number of health conditions like UTI or bladder infections. Infections in your urinary tract may be accompanied by burning sensations when you pee, stomach ache or frequent urgent need to urinate. There might be other medical conditions that cause nocturia –
- Prostate infection
- Overactive bladder (OAB)
- Kidney infection
- Neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, or spinal cord compression
- Tumor in bladder, prostate or pelvic area
Don’t let nocturia go untreated. Visit a doctor to find the underlying cause of the disease. If left untreated, the underlying medical condition might worsen and spread. Your doctor will be able to treat you better.