A broken night’s sleep can have a wide ranging impact on both physical and mental health. DO you find yourself getting woken up on a nightly basis by the call of nature? Not only is it incredibly frustrating, but it could also be a sign of diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease.
One in three adults over the age of 30 get up in the middle of the night to pee, and that increases to two thirds of adults over the age of 65. The condition is called nocturia and sufferers will often have to use the loo more than once in the night. On World Sleep Day, professor of urology Philip Van Kerrebroeck, is warning people to look out for the key side effects of nocturia.
He said: “People think that getting up in the night to go to the toilet is just part of getting older, but it doesn’t need to be. “Poor sleep can seriously damage your health so people who are getting up several times a night should go to their doctor to see what’s causing it. “The good news is that nocturia can be treated so you don’t need to suffer in silence.” (*Source: The Sun 18th March 2017)
Excessive urination, called polyuria, is when you wee more than 2.5 litres per day. This can happen because you are drinking excessive amounts of fluid, or it could be a symptom of type 2 diabetes, a bladder infection, kidney stones, kidney failure and an enlarged prostate in men. A person who has type 2 diabetes has too much sugar in their blood.
Similarly, if you have problems with your kidneys, such as stones, then you will wee more frequently and the problem can change the way the kidneys operate. If you often wee more than you think is normal and start to suffer back pain, weight loss, night sweats, leg weakness or fever you should see your GP.