Nocturia FAQ 1
What is Nocturia?
Nocturia is a condition where you wake at night to urinate during the main sleep period. If left untreated, it can have detrimental effects on your health or wellbeing. However, Nocturia is usually easy to treat with medication or lifestyle changes.
If you are worried you might be suffering from Nocturia, please consult your healthcare professional.
What is the cause of Nocturia?
There are several possible causes of Nocturia. It is important to talk to your healthcare professional to determine what the cause is for you and how best to treat it. The most common cause is Nocturnal Polyuria which is an overproduction of urine by your kidneys at night. However, Nocturia may also be caused by an Overactive Bladder (OAB) or drinking too much close to bedtime. In men, it may be caused by Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), which is when the prostate (a gland found only in men) becomes enlarged and presses on the bladder.
In some cases, Nocturia may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as Diabetes. In these cases, the underlying condition will need to be treated to manage your Nocturia.
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Why is it important to treat Nocturia?
Nocturia can severely reduce the quality of your sleep and have detrimental effects on your physical and psychological health, as well as your and your partner’s quality of life. However, treatment is usually easy and can have beneficial effects on your productivity and overall health.
Sometimes, Nocturia can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as Diabetes. It is important to check with a healthcare professional in case you have an underlying disease that needs to be treated.
Nocturia FAQ 2
Who does Nocturia affect?
Nocturia is a common condition that can affect anyone but it is more common in older adults. Research suggests that Nocturia affects an estimated 1 in 5 adults aged 20-40 and 3 out of 5 men and woman over the age of 70.
Is Nocturia just a normal part of getting older?
While Nocturia is more common in older adults, it is not considered part of the ageing process. Nocturia can have a detrimental impact on your health and quality of life and be a burden to both you and your partner. If you are concerned about your excessive night-time urination and think you may be suffering from Nocturia, please consult your healthcare professional to discuss treatment options.
Can Nocturia be treated?
Yes, Nocturia is usually easy to treat. Talk to your healthcare professional to discuss treatment options and which regime is best for you. This may involve changing your lifestyle habits to avoid the wrong kind of drinks close to bedtime, or taking medication.
How is Nocturia treated?
The treatment for Nocturia will depend on your exact cause. It may involve being prescribed medication, changing the medication you are already on, or drinking fewer fluids before you go to bed. Your healthcare professional can
help you determine the cause of your Nocturia and recommend a suitable treatment plan.
Before seeing your healthcare professional, it is useful to fill out the Questionnaire and Bladder Diary provided by the International Continence Society (ICS), a UK-based charity with a global health focus dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by urinary, bowel and pelvic floor disorders. Bring them with you to your appointment to help inform the process of finding the right treatment for you.
Reclaim your night.
Re-energise your day.
Nocturia is usually easy to treat, so if your night-time bathroom trips are affecting your day to day life, it’s time to talk to your healthcare professional. Together, you and they may be able to determine the cause of your Nocturia and decide on the best treatment option so that you can reclaim your nights and re-energise your days.
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DISCUSS YOUR SYMPTOMS
AND TREATMENT OPTIONS