Nocturia is the frequent need to make trips to the bathroom and urinate during the night. As a result of chronic night time voiding, a person’s quality of sleep can be seriously affected.
Nocturia can be especially bothersome to older adults and can increase their risk for a fall while hurrying to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Night time urgency may or may not be accompanied by urge incontinence.
It is important to be evaluated by a physician if you are experiencing nocturia — it can indicate a variety of underlying medical conditions.
What are Contributing Factors for Nocturia?
Nocturia can be caused by:
- Some types of medications such as diuretics
- Ingesting large amounts of fluid late in the day, in particular – coffee, alcohol or tea
- Taking medications at the wrong time of day
- Swelling due to a medical condition, such as diabetes or heart problems
- Bladder prolapse or other types of urinary obstructions
Symptoms of Nocturia
Repeated interruptions to urinate during your nighttime sleep routine.
Patients will receive an evaluation documenting their symptoms and history of night time frequency. Testing may be indicated to rule out underlying medical conditions.
Treatments for Nocturia
Behavioral Therapy – After reviewing a bladder diary, the physician will discuss a behavioral program to help modify and control your fluid intake and output.
Medications – Medication may be necessary to decrease night time voiding.