How normal is urinating in the middle of the night?
If your bladder acts like an alarm clock in the middle of the night, you may be curious whether it is a cause of concern.
Turns out you are a good company if you wonder. Is it normal to urinate in the middle of the night? One of the most common questions that Marcelino Rivera, a urologist at Indiana Health University, said he was asked while practicing.
In general, if you wake up to urinate once during the night, it is probably normal for you, Rivera said. The main function of the kidneys is to filter toxins from the blood and concentrate them into the urine. According to Rivera, this is done continuously – during the day, we often [go] every 2-4 hours depending on hydration and fluid consumption – but at night, the body secretes Hormones to concentrate urine more during the day. Therefore, why do we often not wake up a lot at night to urinate?
But if you urinate many times during the night or run into the bathroom interrupting your sleep, you may need to check other areas of your wake-up life.
Here are a few of the most common reasons you may encounter, whether they consider normal advice and experts on what to do about them.
You can drink too much H2O, especially near bedtime
This is quite obvious: what goes on must come out. If you are drinking a lot of liquid glasses, you are hydrated properly and have kidneys working properly, you will probably wake up to go at night.
If you urinate at night due to fluid consumption, stopping two to three hours before going to bed will reduce waking at night, according to River Rivera.
It may be your medicine
Some prescriptions may cause an increase in nightly bathroom visits, Rivera explained. They may include medications such as high blood pressure medications, some alpha blockers, muscle relaxants and sedatives.
You already have some alcohol or caffeine
Alcohol and beverages containing caffeine are diuretics, which means drinking them makes your body produce more urine. Clare Morrison, a general practitioner and medical advisor at MedExpress, said that excessive consumption of caffeinated alcohol or beverages can lead to waking up at night and needing to urinate.
You are dealing with a sleep disorder
If you urinate many times a night, you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition that causes you to accidentally stop breathing while you sleep. In fact, 84% of patients with sleep apnea reported frequent urination at night.
According to Emily Clionsky, a clinical doctor and researcher from Clokesky Neuro Systems in Springfield, Massachusetts, this can happen in people of all ages and genders. She added that you should not be obese or snore while sleeping to get OSA.
Other symptoms include waking up with sore throat or dry throat, restless sleep, loud snoring, morning headache or mood swings. OSA can be treated through the use of nighttime breathing masks, upper airway stimulant therapy, surgical procedures and drinking tools.
You are pregnant
Pregnant women will often experience increased urination. This is because pregnancy hormones called chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, can cause an increase in blood flow to your enlarged kidneys and uterus, then put pressure on your bladder.
Aging may be a factor
As people age, bladder capacity tends to decline. So even if you are drinking the same amount of fluid as when you were young, you may have to use the bathroom more often. This may be a normal cause of having to wake up at night to urinate.
Rita Starritt, an internal medicine doctor for MD San Diego Weight Loss, added that as we get older, we tend to not sleep deeply, so the urge is more likely to wake us up.
Starritt notes that, when women experience menopause and menopause, changes in the urethra … make the urge to rise in our brains. In addition, there are more leaks as we get older. So we may feel forced to hold less in his bladder, she said.
You have leg swelling
If you have problems with swelling of the lower leg, it may contribute to the bathroom trips at night, according to Rivera.
When people lie down at night, all the liquid in the leg starts redistributing into the blood and is then filtered out by the kidneys and made into urine, he explains.
Lifting or lifting your legs a few hours before going to bed will help, he said. But pay attention to leg swelling because lower leg swelling may be a sign of cardiovascular disease.
A weak cardiovascular system may not be able to pump blood against gravity from the lower part of the body to the heart. Therefore, the leg is swollen and there are many fluids that are retained in the body, said S. R Ramin, urological surgeon and medical director of Urology Cancer Specialist in Los Angeles.
You have problems with UTI or prostate
If waking up is also related to urination or burning during urination, it may be a symptom of an issue such as an enlarged urinary tract infection or prostate.
Ramin added that an enlarged prostate leads to bladder wall thickening, because the muscle of the bladder must be pushed against the blockage of the prostate. The thickening of the bladder wall leads to a decrease in the bladder’s ability [and] reduces the bladder’s elasticity, and thus the frequency of urination day and night, he said.
You have another medical disorder
On rare occasions, peeing in the middle of the night may indicate something more serious. Ramin said an increased impulse and increased frequency of urination may exist in patients with disease processes that affect brain function. They may include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, brain tumors, a history of brain stroke, radiation to the brain and brain surgery.
Rivera explained that other potential causes of nocturnal urination are more rare including hormone secretion tumors. Chirag Shah, co-founder of Push Health, an online health care platform, added that nighttime urination could also be an early sign of diabetes.