How incredibly bothersome is it to wake up multiple times every night to pee? I don’t know about you, but I thoroughly enjoy my beauty sleep and I don’t want anything to interrupt it. Waking at night can be brought about for a number of reasons: drinking too late in the evening, sleep apnea, weakness and/or tension of the pelvic floor muscles, and the list goes on.
A few simple lifestyle changes can make all the difference in minimizing your urinary output in the night. If you have a tendency to frequent certain beverages you’ll want to make sure that you are ingesting them wisely. It’s best to avoid liquids at least 2 hours before bed, especially alcohol. Avoiding caffeine in the afternoon will also cut back on the frequency of bathroom trips throughout the day and possibly into the night as well.
Sleep apnea can also lead to multiple bathroom trips in the night. Oftentimes the body associates waking up with needing to urinate, like it normally does in the morning, so when you wake up in the middle of the night the body is tricked into thinking it needs to go. Being consistent with the use of your sleep apnea machine is essential.
Lastly, any tension or weakness to the pelvic floor muscles can also contribute to those nighttime trips. If you feel that you are waking an abnormal amount in the night, be sure to speak with your physical therapist to start discovering ways to combat this nightly routine.