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Living with incontinence can cause a long list of effects that can truly take control of your life. Incontinence does more than interrupt daily activities with its incessant need for frequent urination. It can also significantly impair one’s ability to sleep. Countless symptoms and consequences are associated with lack of sleep alone; combined with the effects of incontinence, it can truly diminish one’s overall quality of life.
Currently, urinary incontinence affects over 200 million people around the world. Of that 200 million, women are 25% more likely to suffer from this inconvenient condition than men are. Urinary incontinence is typically categorized into two different forms: stress incontinence and urge incontinence. Stress incontinence usually occurs when there is pressure on the abdomen from physical activity, sneezing, coughing, laughing, etc. On the other hand, urge incontinence consists of a frequent and intense need to urinate without the ability to control or stop it. Both forms of urinary incontinence can severely affect individuals on a day to day basis, and in many circumstances, it can also affect their sleep patterns. Nighttime incontinence, also known as nocturia, is a very common symptom of urinary incontinence. With nocturia, individuals are woken up consistently throughout the night with the urgent need to urinate. This results in a great lack of sleep which can contribute to various debilitating symptoms.
The symptoms that come from a lack of sleep can be quite serious. If you add that together with urinary incontinence, individuals are looking at a severe decrease in quality of life. To help manage nocturia, here are a few tips to try out:
By implementing these tips in your day-to-day routine, you will be able to better manage your nighttime incontinence.