Nocturia- Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

If you’re waking up frequently during the night to urinate, you may be suffering from nocturia, or excessive nighttime urination.

Blog Snapshot:

  • Although urinating at night isn’t generally abnormal, frequent urination is abnormal when you consider the fact your body produces less urine in a more concentrated form to reduce sleep interruption.
  • The team at Affiliated Urologists discusses the causes, symptoms and treatment options for those suffering from nocturia.

Causes of Nocturia

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common cause of nocturia. Nevertheless, nocturia may also be caused by a number of other medical conditions or lifestyle choices, including but not limited to:

  • Bladder prolapse
  • Tumors of the bladder
  • Organ failure
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Sleep apnea
  • Side effect of medication
  • Excessive water, alcohol or caffeine consumption

Symptoms of Nocturia

Given the name of the condition, you’d think the symptoms of nocturia would be pretty straightforward. Although nocturia’s major symptom is excessive nighttime urination, other signs you have the condition could include:

  • Producing more than, or equal to, 2 liters of urine a day
  • Your bladder produces more urine at night than it’s able to hold (low nocturnal bladder capacity).
  • You experience a combination of frequent nighttime urination and low nocturnal bladder capacity (mixed nocturia).
  • Poor sleep from being awakened frequently to go to the bathroom.

Treatment of Nocturia

Treatment depends on the cause of nighttime urination. Our urologists at Affiliated Urologists may suggest lifestyle changes to help prevent fluid accumulation and evacuation at night, or, if the problem is persistent and relatively severe, medication may be prescribed to limit nocturia symptoms. Call us to schedule an appointment today to discuss your symptoms, questions or concerns regarding nocturia or any other urological condition.

Affiliated Urologists is an award-winning practice recognized both locally and nationally that has provided service to patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding communities in the Valley, for over 40 years. The physicians emphasize top-of-the-line comprehensive urological care and strive to deliver the highest outcomes for patient satisfaction. To make an appointment, call 602-264-0608 or visit for instructions on scheduling an appointment.

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material. 

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