What it is, how it manifests, and can physical therapy can help.
Nocturia is a condition in which someone wakes two or more times a night to use the bathroom. Nocturia is extremely prevalent and can become more common as we age, with one in three adults over the age of 30 reporting the need to get up at least two times to urinate during the night. It is often associated with day time urinary frequency as well.
The bladder is a highly adaptive organ and can be trained to alleviate symptoms. Learning to control day time frequency helps to train the bladder to hold more fluid before it signals the urge to go, therefore helping the bladder to hold for longer periods at night. Other important preventions include reviewing any medications that might be contributing to night time voiding, elevating legs before bed if excess swelling/fluid accumulation is leading to symptoms, and/or ceasing fluid intake 2-3 hours before bed time. A pelvic health physical therapist can help determine what might be causing your specific symptoms and implement exercises to address them.
Mendwell is a Pelvic Health Physical Therapy clinic serving patients in Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Tigard. Our team of specialists are passionate about helping patients improve pelvic function, relieve pain, and get back to feeling their best. Reach out to learn how we can help.