How to Manage Nocturia With Overactive Bladder

Nancy Muller | April 17, 2014

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Nocturia can be a disruptive condition that accompanies overactive bladder. Here are some ways to help treat and manage nocturia.

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What is nocturia?

Nocturia is the urge to urinate once or more at night, forcing a person to wake up several times throughout the night.

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Log it

Keep a log for at least several nights in a row. Record activities during the day, especially the three to four hours leading up to bedtime, as well as nighttime interruptions. This makes it easy to spot patterns and establishes a baseline. You can then make improvements and changes based off this baseline.

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Limit drinks

Restrict fluid intake: No fluids the last three hours before retiring to bed, especially alcohol or caffeinated beverages.

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Take a late-afternoon rest. Lay down for an hour and elevate your legs on a pillow so that heels are higher than your chest at least two hours before retiring to bed.

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Empty your bladder

Just before going to bed, urinate and then double-void, relaxing so as to empty your bladder as much as possible.

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Ease swelling

If there is any swelling, or edema, in your feet or ankles, wear compression stockings during the day.

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Talk to your doctor

If by comparison to your baseline experience, such remedies make little or no difference in your symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor. They may prescribe a medication for treating your nocturia.