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A new study conducted in Japan found that the need to urinate in the night, called nocturia, may be linked to hypertension and high salt intake. Nocturia is a condition in which people wake up during the night because they need to urinate. Common causes of frequent trips to the toilet at night include high fluid intake, sleep disorders, and bladder obstruction.
The frequent need to urinate is typically unpleasant, and sometimes it's even a sign of a serious medical issue. Most people can sleep through the night without having to urinate, or only need to get up once to use the bathroom. Adults typically pass roughly 3 cups to 3 quarts milliliters to 3 liters of urine in a day.
Having to rise from bed to hit the bathroom even once can be bothersome if it disturbs your sleep rhythm. Repeated nocturnal bathroom calls are bothersome, but self-help steps and targeted treatment offer relief. When you stir from your sleep because you have to urinate, doctors call it nocturia, but most men just call it a pain in the neck. Whether the nocturnal call of nature is a medical condition that needs treatment lies in the eye of the beholder.
Diagnosing nocturia requires knowing the patient's nocturnal urine volume NUV. Although not every patient needs treatment, most people seek treatment for severe nocturia, waking up to void more than times per night. The amount of sleep a patient gets, and the amount they intend to get, are also considered in a diagnosis.
Nocturia, or nocturnal polyuria, is the medical term for excessive urination at night. During sleep time, your body produces less urine that is more concentrated. If you need to wake up two times or more per night to urinate, you may have nocturia.
A frequent need to get up and go to the bathroom to urinate at night is called nocturia. Nocturia is a common cause of sleep loss, especially among older adults. Most people without nocturia can sleep for 6 to 8 hours without having to urinate.
Although nocturia is a multifactorial condition that can coexist with other lower urinary tract symptoms, the most common causal factor is nighttime overproduction of urine. Many people with nocturia do not seek help, accepting it as a natural consequence of aging. However, nocturia is common in men and women of all ages and has a profound impact on quality of life, especially in the young, that may be associated with increased morbidity and mortality.
Normally, the amount of urine your body produces decreases at night. This allows most people to sleep 6 to 8 hours without having to urinate. Some people wake up from sleep more often to urinate during the night.