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Thursday, September 29, 2016

6 Reasons Why people Urinate more at Night

Written by: Sarah Akinlose
Edited by - Muoka Chibuzor

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Nocturia is the Medical term used to describe excessive urination during the Night, and it’s different from Enuresis [Bedwetting], where urine is passed unintentionally during sleep. When you sleep at Night, your body produces less urine that is more concentrated. This means that most people don’t need to wake up during the night to urinate and can sleep uninterrupted for six to eight hours.

There are various causes of urinary frequency. More often, this is caused by a problem in the bladder and urethra. The major causes of nocturia can be choice of lifestyle to medical conditions. Nocturia is commonly found among older adults, but it can occur at any age.

Below are 6 reasons why people urinate more frequently at night.

1. Medical Condition
Medical condition can cause nocturia. This is one of the major common causes of nocturia. It is a Urinary Tract Infection [UTI] or bladder infection. These infections cause frequent burning sensations and urgent urination throughout the day and night, and treatment usually requires antibiotics.

2. Overactive Bladder
 Sometimes, when your bladder is overactive, it tends to make you urinate more than eight times a day due to sudden urge to urinate even when the bladder is not full.

3. Enlarged Prostate
Enlarged prostate is usually caused when the prostate is pressing on the urethra, which prevents the bladder from emptying completely. However, if you urinate frequently during night time only, then it can be caused by other problems.

4. Diabetes
Having high blood glucose levels can cause the body to excrete excess glucose via the urine. In this instance, more sugar appears in the urine and simulates extra volumes of urine to be produced.
If you regularly have high blood glucose levels, you may increase the risk of picking up a urinary tract infection which can also increase the need to urinate through the night.

5. Sign of Heart disease
 When you have a heart disease, urinating so much at night can also be a cause. Frequent urination at night is a sign of heart disease! Usually at night while you sleep, your brain produces anti-diuretic hormones to limit the formation of urine by kidneys so you can get a good night sleep. However, for some people, this is not the case, and the amount of urine still increases at night.

6. What you drink

It could be. If you drink too close to bedtime, you may need to get up in the night. Try drinking less several hours before you go to sleep. Alcohol may help you fall asleep, but tends to wake you up in the night. So don’t drink in the evening. Limit alcohol or caffeine later in the day, and make sure you visit the toilet last thing at night.

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