Nocturia - Excessive Nighttime Urination
There are many causes of nocturia including, urinary tract infections, prostate problems, certain medications, diabetes, kidney failure, heart failure, liver failure, pregnancy, and sleeping disorders, such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes people to stop breathing during sleep and then gasp for air. Nocturia can also result from drinking too much fluid right before bedtime.
Am I at Risk
Risk factors for nocturia:
_____ The risk of nocturia increases with age.
_____ Certain medical conditions can cause nocturia, including urinary tract infections, prostate problems, diabetes, kidney failure, heart failure, and liver failure.
_____ During pregnancy, women may experience nocturia because of pressure on the bladder and hormonal changes.
_____ Sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder, is associated with nocturia.
_____ Certain medications, including diuretics, lithium, cardiac glycosides, and others can contribute to nocturia. You should make a list or bring all of your medication bottles to your doctor to review. Do not stop taking any medication without your doctor’s approval first.
_____ Drinking too much fluid right before bedtime increases the risk of nocturia.
_____ Drinking coffee and drinks that contain caffeine, carbonated drinks such as soda pop, and alcohol increase the risk of nocturia.