Q: Good evening Doc. I drink a lot of water during the day and at night and sometimes I pee more often than the amount of water I take. When I am at work, I don’t pee a lot but when I get home I do pee a lot at night. Please, I would like to know if it’s a sickness.
A: Thanks for writing in.
Getting up frequently at night to urinate is called nocturia. People with this condition would usually wake up more than once to use the bathroom at night. It is a frequent cause of loss of sleep. It tends to happen as people get older as the body produces less of the hormone that helps the body retain fluid (anti-diuretic hormone) and the holding capacity of the bladder reduces. Then again, this can occur simply because one drinks way too much fluid before bed time but is also pretty common in pregnancy, people with diabetes and people taking diuretic medications (medications that make people produce more urine). Problems with the urinary tract can also lead to this: a urinary tract infection, tumours in the bladder or even prostate gland etc
Treatment? Well, this depends on the cause. If it’s due to drinking a lot of fluid, especially those that contain caffeine, before bedtime, then restricting or limiting this may help. If you’re on diuretics, then your doctor may review your time of taking these drugs. Otherwise, I suggest you see a doctor who will examine you properly and order some investigations. Treatment options include lifestyle interventions like elevating legs when sleeping or wearing compression stockings and also medications which may among other things reduce urine production. Your doctor will determine the best course of action for you.
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