We all know the importance of sleeping 7 to 9 hours per night. However, there are things that can rob a person of a good night’s sleep. For some, it’s their anxiety. Others blame their stress for it. Then there are also those that point their finger at frequent urination during bedtime.
Having a hard time getting enough sleep nightly because you are always exiting dreamland and entering the bathroom? That’s definitely not normal because it can certainly keep you from being well-rested. Read on to know some of the reasons why you are peeing a lot at night.
Nocturia — it’s the fancy medical term for frequent urination at nighttime. It is usually a symptom of a medical condition such as diabetes or enlarged prostate. A urinary tract infection or UTI is also a common culprit — one of the symptoms it brings is frequent urge to urinate.
Some other medical conditions that can cause nocturia include chronic kidney failure, heart failure and also some sleep disorders. Identifying and treating the underlying problem is the only solution for that recurrent urge to urinate at bedtime, which means that a trip to the doctor is warranted.
However, there are also instances in which it is a habit of yours that is leaving you unable to catch enough Z’s because of that need to hit the bathroom more than once at night. Below are some of the things that can contribute to frequent urination at night, so check which ones of them you are guilty of doing:
Consuming Lots of Water
What goes in comes out, such as water you glug down. If it’s your habit to drink plenty of water a few hours before you hit the hay, then it doesn’t come as a shock why you have to get out of bed just to pee several times at night. While it is true that you should have around 8 glasses of water per day, make sure that you don’t get most of those a few hours before the sun goes down to save yourself from failing to get a good night’s sleep.
Drinking Coffee Past Dinner
Everyone knows that caffeine is something that’s very good at zapping drowsiness or sleepiness. Not everyone knows, however, that caffeine is also a diuretic — it causes your kidneys to produce more urine than normal. And that is why having a cup of your favorite java after having your dinner or anytime later in the afternoon is a terrible idea. You should also avoid other caffeinated drinks such as soda and teas.
Having Alcoholic Beverages
It’s not just caffeine in coffee and other drinks that has diuretic properties, but also alcohol. It’s for this reason why having a serving or two (or more) of your go-to alcoholic beverage is a no-no if your goal is to have a good night’s sleep. Besides, alcohol is something that can keep you from having the kind of sleep that is restful and restorative, so it can leave you still feeling sleepy and tired the following morning.
Taking Weight Loss Pills
Some weight loss pills work by accelerating the metabolism, while others deliver by curbing the appetite. Then there are also those that promote increased urination to help eliminate water weight. So in other words, these types of weight loss pills have diuretic properties just like caffeine and alcohol. But it’s not just frequent peeing at night that these pills can bring, but many other problems, too. So you better stay away from them!