Nocturia

Nocturia: Overview

Nocturia is the medical term for frequent nighttime urination.  While many people awaken during the night to urinate, those with nocturia experience a frequency of urination that is excessive and may disrupt their sleep cycle.

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Causes and Development

Nocturia becomes more common with age because older people have higher urinary output at night.  In addition to aging, nocturia may also be symptomatic of the use of diuretic substances (including caffeine and alcohol), prescription drugs, edema from heart failure, insomnia, pain and prostate or bladder disorders.

Signs, symptoms & indicators of Nocturia:

Symptoms - Urinary

Risk factors for Nocturia:

Circulation

Congestive Heart Failure

Edema fluid that collects in tissues during the day due to heart failure can result in increased night time urination.

Environment / Toxicity

Hormones

Organ Health

Respiratory

Tumors, Benign

Fibroids

Fibroids can lead to increased urinary frequency and urgency.

Tumors, Malignant

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Nocturia suggests the following may be present:

Infections

Organ Health

Kidney Disease

Changes in the frequency of urination, especially at night, may indicate kidney disease.

Tumors, Malignant

Uro-Genital

Recommendations for Nocturia:

Diet

Alcohol Avoidance

Diuretics such as alcohol and caffeine may increase urine output and cause nighttime urination.

Drug

Conventional Drug Avoidance

Some prescription medicines can cause nighttime urination.

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