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Are you making multiple trips to the bathroom throughout the night? Your bladder should be able to hold urine for 6 to 8 hours while you clock in your needed sleep. If you wake up more than once with the urgency to pee, you may have a condition called nocturia. Nocturia is marked by low bladder capacity and/or overproduction of urine during nighttime sleep. This urinary condition needs to be evaluated by an experienced gynecologist if it persists, as it can be a real disruption to a healthy night’s sleep.
What Triggers Nocturia?
When it comes to nocturia, there are a number of culprits – including those you can easily control and some that need medical treatment. Your frequent bathroom visits during the night can be attributed to one or more of the following:
A prolonged period of disrupted sleep can have a major impact on your overall health and well-being. If you find that your nighttime urinary habits are causing daytime symptoms, such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating and other health issues, it is time to take action.
Treatment for nocturia is strictly based on the underlying trigger. IT may be as simple as changing your drinking habits in the evening or you may need medication to prevent an overactive bladder while you sleep. If you are concerned about how often you have to get out of bed to use the restroom during the night, don’t hesitate to call one of our physicians at North Pointe OB/GYN. We specialize in women’s issues, which include bladder concerns. We can help determine if your bathroom habits are normal and what is causing your potential nocturia. If you have questions about nocturia, urinary incontinence or other bladder issues, please make an appointment at our Cumming office.
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