Why do I have to keep getting up in the middle of the night to go bathroom?

by admin on May 20, 2009

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Having to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night is not a big deal. That is unless you do it every night. Then it becomes irritating and interrupts much needed sleep. The question of how to stop this can be found in why you are doing it in the first place. You cannot fix what you don’t know about. Go see a doctor if you find that you are regularly getting up at least once a night to use the bathroom. A doctor should be able to identify what is causing you to pee during the night.

Here are some of the things that can cause consistent night time bathroom trips.
1. Side effect of medication. Some medications can cause issues with bladder. Some medications that can cause night time urination are diuretics, cardiac glycosides, demeclocycline, lithium, methoxyflurane, phenytoin and propoxyphene. Check with pharmacist or doctor to find out if any medication you are taking could be responsible.

2. Medical problems can cause a frequent need to go pee at night.
a. Nocturia means urinating at night and polyuria means urinating frequently. Nocturnal polyuria is just a fancy  name for night time urination.
b. Prostate problems
i. Prostrate cancer
ii. Benign prostatic hyperplasia – an enlarged prostate gland
c. Diabetes
d. kidney disease
e. Irritable bladder
f. Overactive bladder
g. Incontinence
h. Interstitial cystitis. A urinary tract or bladder bacterial infection.
i. Chronic and acute renal failure. Both are a side effect of kidney problems. The kidneys have a problem or are unable to remove wastes, concentrate urine or conserve electrolytes.

3. Temperature changes can cause people to need to go pee. If your body gets to cold you could find yourself having to pee during the night.

4. Shy bladder disorder causes some people to frequently use the bathroom at night.

5. Being overweight can cause problems such as having to pee during the night.

6. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea frequently use the bathroom at night. They wake up because they stopped breathing. However many people with sleep apnea think they woke up because they had to go bathroom. A person with sleep apnea may get up constantly to go pee only to not need to or only void a little amount of urine. This can mislead them to think they have a bladder or urinary tract problem when they really have a breathing issue.

7. Drinking a lot, water, alcohol, coffee and other caffeinated beverages can also result in the frequent need to go pee at night.

8. Overloading on protein has been known to cause night time urination as well.

9. Pregnancy can also cause a frequent need to go pee at night.

10. Excessive amounts of vitamin D can be responsible for having to frequently use the bathroom at night.

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