Information about Nocturia

Information about Nocturia

Nocturia, also known as “nighttime urination” normally affects older people. It is extremely common among older males who are dealing with a swollen prostate. The excess pressure on your bladder can make you think you need to go to the bathroom when you really don’t.  Recent studies have shown that older women are now being affected by nocturia more than in the past. This could be due to a number of issues. A few of the causes include:


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  • Bladder infection
  • Kidney infection or cysts
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Swollen legs associated with a heart condition
  • Diabetes
  • Taking a diuretic

Dealing with Nocturia

If you must take a diuretic medicine, then do so early in the evening so that the effects diminish before going to bed. Avoid drinking liquids within two hours of your normal bedtime, especially tea, coffee or beer. Each of these has a diuretic effect. Changing to decaffeinated beverages might be helpful in some cases.

Sometimes as we age and retire, our body clock just gets out of sync. We tend to stay up later at night and sleep later in the daytime. If you find yourself awake at midnight drinking beverages like tea or beer, then consider making some lifestyle adjustments.

Sometimes nocturia can indicate a urinary tract infection or other problem in your kidneys and bladder. If you experience other symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, blood in the urine or pain while urinating, then see your doctor. These could be signs of a more serious illness.

Treatment for Nocturia

Treatment really depends on the cause. If your nocturia is simply the result of getting older and drinking too many liquids close to bedtime, then you should make the necessary lifestyle changes to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms. If your doctor runs tests and finds that you have a bladder or kidney infection, then antibiotics can be prescribed.

Call to Schedule an Appointment


If you suffer with nocturia and can’t seem to get the good sound sleep you need each night, then call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nancy Lobby at All Women Urology in Wellington, FL. She will examine you to make sure that you aren’t dealing with a more serious illness like UTI or uncontrolled diabetes.

Dr. Lobby is a skilled urologist who deals with many women’s diseases. Her staff is comprised mostly of women so that patients can feel very comfortable about speaking openly regarding their concerns and conditions.  All Women Urology offers personalized care and state-of-the-art treatment for a number of illnesses such as urinary tract infection, overactive bladder and bladder and kidney cancer.