Midnight Bathroom Breaks Affecting Your Sleep?
Do you find it irritating to wake up in the middle of your sleep and visit the bathroom? Well, you’re not alone. A large majority of people need to visit the bathroom at least once during the night. It is fairly common. But if you have to go to the bathroom more than once every night, you might be suffering from Nocturia, which is a medical condition that leads to excessive urination during the night.
There could be various factors that can cause Nocturia, some of them are medical conditions while others are our lifestyle choices. One of the most common medical conditions is urinary tract infection, which also causes a burning sensation along with frequent and urgent urination. Some of the other medical conditions include –
- Infection in the prostate or kidney
- Overactive bladder syndrome
- Tumors in the pelvic area, prostate or bladder
While most of these medical conditions can be treated with a good physician’s help, one should also make sure to avoid bad lifestyle choices like excessive fluid consumption, excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption and irregular sleeping habits. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages are diuretics, which means they produce more urine in your body. Hence, one should refrain from drinking too much alcohol or caffeine.
Often, midnight bathroom breaks can affect one’s sleep and cause a lot of mental disturbance. Here are a few tips that you can follow in order to have a stress-free sleep –
- Avoid fluids after 6 pm – Maybe your grandmother already suggested this but now it makes more sense to you. Avoid drinking too much liquids post 6 pm because by the time your kidneys filter the fluids and pass it to your bladder, it may well be late in the night.
- Urinate before hitting the bed – Just before you hit the bed, make sure to visit the loo and empty your bladder completely.
- Avoid alcohol or caffeine – As explained above, avoid alcohol or caffeine.
- Avoid spicy or acidic foods – Citric foods, tomatoes can also cause you to urinate more. So limit them.
- Make your way to the bathroom easier – If you know that will most probably wake up to go to the bathroom during the night, make it easier for yourself. Keep the route easy and obstruction-free. Ensure that you do not leave the bathroom wet before going back to sleep. Also, keep a dim light (preferably blue) in the bathroom so that it doesn’t affect your sleepy eyes too much.