Nocturia or night-time urination frequency. (Other names: night-time urination, excessive urination at night, night frequency, micturition night).
Nocturia is the need to wake up and pass urine more than once at night. This is different to nocturnal enuresis where urine is passed unintentionally during sleep. One episode of nocturia a night is considered normal. It is a common symptom in men and women and can have a significant impact on quality of sleep and therefore quality of life as you can feel tired and irritable during waking hours. As you get older the incidence of waking at night to pass urine increases, in under 60 year olds the incidence overall is 28%, in over 60 year olds this rises to 41%.
Some causes of nocturia include:
Factors that may increase your chances of developing nocturia include advanced age, if you are on certain medications, or if you have urinary tract problems or cardiac disease, obesity or sleep apnea.
Before your consultation with you doctor, think about the following questions they may ask you.
Nocturia is a symptom which, for many older people, adversely affects their quality of life and has been linked to increased morbidity problems due to the elderly falling more often especially when tired but, with help from your doctor and understanding what the cause of your nocturia is, then it can often easily be rectified.
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