Urinating At Night, May Be a Sign.
Many of us feel the urgent need to urinate during our sleep, it can disrupt our sleep patterns leaving us feeling exhausted & fatigued when we wake. so Is night time urination effecting your sleep? It is not normal to urinate at night & it may be a sign of a sleep disorder, it is not allowing us to receive a good night’s sleep, resulting in sleep loss.
Sleep loss affects our bodies several ways, our ability to concentrate during the day or night, our ability to make conscious decisions & a constant feeling of fatigue. These are all factors that can affect our daily routines, from our work life to home life and even how we make decisions on the road.
During sleep, our urine production slows down, however it is more concentrated which allows the body to rest interrupted for what is the optimal sleep period of 8 hours.
Age is a Factor
Age is one of the biggest factors in increased urination at night & is due to our bodies producing less of the antidiuretic hormone, this hormone assists our bodies in retaining fluid & due to our bodies producing less it can result in an increased urine production especially at night.
Therefore, as we look at the effects it has on our sleep it is interesting & not uncommon for us to believe that increased urination is part of the aging process & is normal. What is not normal, is the effect it has on our sleeping patterns.
Our Optimal Sleep Time
Research has shown that most of us will achieve 6 hours of rest & not feel the need to urinate, however if we think about the impact that not achieving the optimal sleep time of 8 hours & what effect this has on our bodies, it can be quite alarming. Feelings of exhaustion & unrest are common ailments & it is important to understand how managing your sleep more efficiently can decrease these symptoms.
As sleep plays a vital role in both physical & mental functioning, understanding how we can maximise our optimal sleep time is key. With an increased recognition of the impacts that a disturbed sleep can have on our awareness is prevalent to ensure we are arming ourselves with as much knowledge as we can regarding healthy sleep patterns.
During sleep our brain can provide a false sense of having a full bladder which will then lead to us making the decision to stop our sleep & go to the bathroom, this is known as Nocturia when it occurs several times a night & will lead to disrupted sleep patterns & as mentioned have a great impact on our overall health.
Not only does the overall need to urinate at night effect ourselves, but it can also have an impact on our partners well being, if you consider the amount of times you are disrupted by going to the bathroom, you could also be causing your partner to have a disrupted sleep pattern again impacting on their physical and mental functioning.
It is important to seek assistance if you are experiencing any of these symptoms as help may only be a phone call away, allowing you to gain control of your sleep and health. So, take some time to consider the impact urination at night is having on you or your family members & take action to understand the consequences further and work towards achieving optimal sleep. So ask yourself again, Is Night Time Urination Effecting Your Sleep?