Having to use the restroom when you first wake up is very normal, but if the urge to go to the restroom is so strong that it wakes you up in the middle of the night, you may have a problem.
This condition is known as nocturia, or the inability to sleep for 6-8 hours uninterrupted due to the need to urinate. Even though it is a medical condition, nocturia is often a symptom of another urological condition.
Sometimes, it’s your lifestyle choices that cause nocturia. Fortunately, simply changing your habits can be enough to get you comfortably sleeping through the night without running to the restroom. One of the biggest culprits of nocturia is drinking too much water before bed. However, consuming too many alcoholic beverages or caffeine before bed can cause this as well. So next time you go to pour your glass of wine before bed or try to stay up finishing a project with a big cup of coffee, reconsider for a peaceful nights sleep.
Unfortunately, medical conditions can be the cause of nighttime urination as well. There are a number of these conditions that range in severity. They include:
- Bladder prolapse
- Organ failure
- A bladder tumor
- Urinary tract infection
Aside from lifestyle choices, urinary tract infections are the leading cause of nocturia, so the condition is less likely to be caused by a more serious urological condition. Our team of experts can use a series of blood tests and diagnostic imaging to find the source of your nocturia. Once the source is identified, we can proceed to treatment.
Many urological conditions like bladder prolapse, urinary tract infections, and tumors on the bladder can be treated at Affiliated Urologists. We provide patients with the medication they need to recover and finally be able to sleep through the night. For more serious conditions, our physicians are expertly trained to operate using robotic and minimally invasive techniques that can have patients recovering sooner than with other traditional surgical options.
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 http://affiliatedurologists.com/contact/ 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.