Nocturia is a condition characterized by nighttime urinating. This condition becomes more common as people age and occurs in both men and women, sometimes for different reasons.
Nocturia is described as “the need to urinate at least twice during the night” as defined by the American Urological Association (AUA).” Normally, you should be able to sleep 6-8 hours during the night without having to get up to go to the bathroom.
For both men and women, there are multiple factors that could cause Nocturia, such as:
- Diuretic medications
- Excessive fluids before bedtime
- Diminished nocturnal bladder capacity
- Behavioral patterns.
Nocturia could also be caused by an underlying condition such as:
- Diabetes type I and II
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Vascular disease
- Sleep disorders
Women generally experience Nocturia as a result of the consequences from childbirth, menopause, and pelvic organ prolapse. Yet, unlike women, nocturia in men can be directly attributed to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate. To help your doctor diagnose nocturia, you can keep a fluid and voiding diary. This is a record of how much you drink, how often you have to go to the bathroom and the urine output, any medications you are taking, any urinary tract infections, and any related symptoms.
South Florida Medical Research is currently enrolling patients for a Nocturia Study. If you would like more information please contact our office at:
South Florida Medical Research
21150 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 300
Aventura, FL 33180