What causes nighttime urination? Aging is one of the biggest contributing factors to nighttime urination. As we age, the body produces less of the antidiuretic hormone that helps us retain fluid. This results in increased urine production, especially at night.
Your body makes more urine in the evening than during the day, Dr. Ulchaker explains. In some individuals, the fluid you take in during the day pools into your lower extremities, and when you lie down, some of that fluid gets back into circulation.
Many people urinate more frequently, especially at night, as they get older. Most people over the age of 60 do not urinate more than twice nightly, however. If a person wakes up to pee more than twice, they should consult a doctor.
Overactive bladder muscles. Weak pelvic floor muscles. Damage to nerves that control the bladder from diseases such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, or Parkinson’s disease. Blockage from an enlarged prostate in men.
How Do You Treat Bed-Wetting?
Tips for dealing with nighttime urination
Nocturia is a condition that causes you to wake up during the night to urinate. This can be thought of as nocturnal urinary frequency — having to urinate more often at night. This condition becomes more common as people age and occurs in both men and women, sometimes for different reasons.
Causes of Nocturia The enlarged prostate can close off the urethra, thus making the bladder contract harder to push out urine. Over time, this weakens the bladder and leads to a variety of BPH symptoms.
Causes of adult bed-wetting may include: A blockage (obstruction) in part of the urinary tract, such as from a bladder stone or kidney stone. Bladder problems, such as small capacity or overactive nerves. Diabetes.
At night while you sleep, levels of ADH increase to keep you from waking up to go to the bathroom. As you age, ADH levels decrease, which is why it’s more common for older people to have to urinate at night.
Drinking too much fluid during the evening can cause you to urinate more often during the night. Caffeine and alcohol after dinner can also lead to this problem. Other common causes of urination at night include: Infection of the bladder or urinary tract.
Research suggests bed-wetting occurs in 1 to 2 percent of adults. However, the number may be higher. Some adults are likely embarrassed or unwilling to talk with their doctor about the problem. If you experience occasional or one-time bed-wetting as an adult, you likely have nothing to worry about.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Noctiva (desmopressin acetate) nasal spray for adults who awaken at least two times per night to urinate due to a condition known as nocturnal polyuria (overproduction of urine during the night). Noctiva is the first FDA-approved treatment for this condition.
Cause. Urinary incontinence occurs when the muscle (sphincter) that holds your bladder’s outlet closed is not strong enough to hold back the urine. This may happen if the sphincter is too weak, if the bladder muscles contract too strongly, or if the bladder is overfull.