Frequent Nighttime Urination
Do you find yourself getting up several times during the night to go
to the bathroom? Understandably, this could cause some concern
on your part. What could cause this? Is it abnormal? How can you
The Causes and Treatments
These nocturnal trips to the bathroom could have any one of a
number of explanations, ranging from the almost obvious to that
which should be examined and treated by a physician.
As the easiest possible solution, the frequent urinating may just
result from drinking too much of any beverage late in the evening.
Once taken into the body, any fluids beyond what the body needs,
plus those that are filtered out through the kidneys as a natural
process, will quickly fill the bladder. Of course, a full bladder will
want to be emptied, and it can be very effective in waking the body
up for a trip down the hall at night. The solution? Get those fluids
earlier in the day, but certainly don't cut back on total intake; most
people don't hydrate adequately as it is.
Another potential, but less likely, candidate is congestive heart
failure. While this is a serious condition (the words "heart failure"
probably clued you into that one), it can be recognized by a few
symptoms in addition to the urinating. If a woman notices that she's
short of breath when she lies down, or that her ankles are swollen
during the day, she may have congestive heart failure. Of course, if
she suspects this, it is important for her to have her symptoms
checked out by a physician in order to receive appropriate care.
Finally, the third possibility may be the one that goes untreated the
most: overactive bladder. Overactive bladder is characterized by
frequent urination, including nighttime urination. While most women
may see the condition as annoying, since it can interfere with their
lifestyles (and sleep), few will actually regard it as something that
ought to be treated medically. It may come as a surprise to learn
that it is not only possible, but also quite acceptable to see a
doctor to check out frequent urination. Changes in fluid intake,
bladder re-training, or medication are possible treatments.
No matter what the cause, no woman has to tolerate disrupted
sleep for a trip across cold floors in a dark house . . .and have to
sit on that cold seat, too!