Posted by: Alan Davidson | 2018/12/17


Constantly feel the urge to go to the toilet before bed

About 4 years ago (I'm currently 25) while revising for exams (and not getting much sleep) I wet the bed. I think I was just so tired that when I woke up and needed to wee I didn't get out of bed and just fell asleep again. Since then before going to sleep every night I'll go to the toilet, and then I'll go to bed. Once in bed I lie down and after a few minutes I feel the urge to wee again. It's not so much feeling like my bladder is full, more I just feel like I need to go. When I do, I have to push hard and only a very small amount comes out (I haven't measured it but we're talking a few ml). This cycle (finishing in the toilet, lying down in bed, then needing to wee again) repeats a number of times, up to 5 times. This corresponds to about 30 minutes to an hour. It's getting rather distressing. I've been for a check up at my GP and they did a urine test which came back clear (so I don't think it's a UTI, diabetes, etc). They performed a physical examination of my stomach and didn't find anything. I don't have any pain where my bladder or kidneys are. The colour of my urine hasn't changed. Does anyone have any ideas as to what might be causing it? I'm wondering if it's possibly just psychosomatic or something like that (as in after the bed wetting it's like a defense to try and prevent that from happening) or if there's something wrong with my bladder? Thank you.

Expert's Reply


Incontinence Expert
- 2019/02/26

Dear Alan

I am inclined to agree with you.
You have had one bad experience, and have since adjusted your behaviour, which has resulted in a hypersensitive bladder.
I would suggest reading up about bladder drills/training, or visit a physiotherapist with an interest in pelvic floor.
Kind regards

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