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18 March 2011

Nocturia keeping you awake?

Need to pee two or more times a night? It’s called nocturia and it might just be a symptom of a more serious health problem.

Having to get up repeatedly every night to empty your bladder can be extremely frustrating and leave you exhausted during the daytime, but it can also be a warning sign of more serious underlying health problems.

And it’s not just a problem for pregnant women and old folks. A recent study that surveyed 5300 men aged 20 and older found that in the US, one man in every five has to get up at least twice a night to empty his bladder.

  • reduce your caffeine, alcohol and late-night fluid intake,
  • do moderate daily exercise,
  • adjust your sleeping patterns, and
  • keep warm while sleeping.

  • Identify the right muscles to exercise by stopping the flow while urinating. Breathe out while doing so and don’t clench your buttocks or contract your thigh muscles.
  • Once you’ve worked out how to do this you can repeat the exercise at any time just about anywhere when you’re not peeing – in the traffic on the way to work, in front of your computer screen or TV, etc.
  • Over a period of five minutes, repeatedly contract the muscles to a count of five to ten seconds.
  • Do this twice a day (no more) and you may gradually see an improvement in your nocturia problem.

 
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