Written by Dr Asa Andrew
Are you waking up in the middle of the night to pee? The health term is called nocturia. Has your doctor told you that all of your blood work looks fine, and they don’t know why this is happening? There are many reasons why you might be getting up at night to urinate and it may be due to something other than a prostate condition for you men and overactive bladder for you ladies. Let's take a look at some other reasons why you might be getting up too much to pee. Nocturia can be challenging at best when it consistently disrupts your sleep cycle. There are many medical reasons why someone would have to get up frequently to pee.
Obesity is huge worldwide, especially in America. If you are overweight, especially with abdominal fat, then you are more likely to have to urinate frequently at night. Many studies have shown this to be the case and researchers are still baffled as to why.
I get asked this question frequently. About 50% of people with sleep apnea deal with increased nighttime urination. When you are struggling to get air in, then it stretches the heart muscle and puts out a hormone called atrial natriuretic peptide, which increases urine production.
Elevated levels of glucose in the kidneys at night draw more fluid into the urine. Now listen, the good news is that this will increase the need to go during the evening.
4.Congestive Heart Failure
Fluid tends to accumulate into the legs during the day. When you lie down at night, the fluid then reenters the blood stream and creates more urine.
5.Hidden Neurological Disorders
People with underlying neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis follow a decrease in the autonomic nervous system. This results in a severe bladder dysfunction and increased nighttime urination.
There are several natural ways to support the body when urination is frequent. Many times you can follow some of these keys steps to support the issue as a whole.
1.Watch your sodium intake early in the day
More sodium based foods into the evening can help slow down the urination frequency.
2.Decrease your fluids into the evening.
Drink most of your water and fluid up to 6pm. Make a goal to sip on fluids after that time
3.Avoid exercise in the evening
Stimulating your system and increasing cortisol can increase your frequency of urinating while you are sleeping for empowering your health.
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Known as America’s Health Coach, Dr. Asa Andrew is a national best-selling author and host of the #1 Health Talk Radio Show in North America. In addition to his hit television series, Dr. Asa (@DrAsa) is a regular contributor to NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and FOX and regarded as a healthcare leader in the field of lifestyle medicine.