Is Getting Up to Pee During the Night a Bad Sign?

Is Getting Up to Pee During the Night a Bad Sign?

It could be all that liquid at lunch…or something more serious.

Getting up during the night to visit the bathroom is even more common than grabbing some ice cream from the freezer at midnight and keeping it a secret. Scores of people, young and old, are doing it.

Sometimes you need to take a late night pee because you simply had one too many cans of cola before hitting the hay, and it has nothing to do with your health. But the urge to pee often, including after you go to bed, can indicate some trouble is in the air.

If you pee often only at night, it’s called nocturia. (Yes, it sounds like the next big, awarding-winning band). This condition often hits middle aged men and women.

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If you’re pregnant and peeing all the time, it’s no cause for concern of course, as this usually means the baby is pressing on your bladder and it will go away once you give birth.

But if you don’t have a bun in the oven, peeing often, which experts say is more than 4 to 8 times a day, can be an indicator of diabetes, prostate problems, a urinary tract infection, bladder cancer, a stroke, excessive alcohol or caffeine intake and other health conditions.

Living with an overactive bladder can be embarrassing as well as an inconvenience. Be sure to visit your doctor to have your system assessed, and to rule out any serious concerns.

Maybe you’re just drinking too much coffee, or maybe it’s something else.

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