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What is Nocturia?
A frequent need to get up and go to the loo in the middle of the night is called nocturia. People without nocturia can sleep between 6 - 8 hours without having to urinate.
Women and men with severe nocturia may get up five or six times during the night to go to the toilet. Most health professionals believe that one toilet-visit a night is normal, two or more visits a night may be associated with daytime tiredness and reduced productivity.
Nocturia can often be a symptom of another medical condition including urine tract infection (UTI), a bladder or prostate tumour, cystocele (bladder prolapse) or disorders affecting sphincter control.
Nocturia is also common in people suffering heart failure, liver failure, poorly controlled diabetes mellitus, or diabetes insipidus. Diabetes, pregnancy and diuretic medications are also associated with nocturia.
Clinical research revealed at the European Association of Urology congress in Milan 2013 claimed that men and women suffering with nocturia were 24% less productive at work. This lack of productivity was higher than in those suffering asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The results of this survey show that nocturia should not be dismissed as less serious than other chronic conditions, and how deeply it can affect those who suffer.
Remember - One loo visit a night is OK - any more than that and we recommend you pelvic floor exercise.
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