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Nocturnal Enuresis/Bedwetting

Bedwetting & Nocturnal Enuresis in Adults

Nocturnal Enuresis, or bedwetting, is something that we normally associate with children, but it affects adults too, and is much more common than you might think. More than 1 in 100 adults continue to wet the bed into adulthood, and some people only start wetting the bed as adults.

Normally, there are two different things that stop us going to the toilet during the night and these are:

  • Waking: between the ages of 2 and 6, most people develop the ability to wake during the night if the body senses that the bladder is full. But, if someone is a very heavy sleeper, this can mean that they don’t wake up if they need the toilet, meaning they may go while they are asleep.
  • Hormones: around sunset each day, the body releases an antidiuretic hormone called arginine vasopressin which reduces the kidneys’ output so that we don’t usually need to go to the toilet during the night. We develop this hormone around the ages of 2 and 6, however some people don’t ever begin creating this hormone, and this can lead to bedwetting.

What Causes Bedwetting in Adults?

As well as the waking and hormone reasons above, there are other things that can cause nocturnal enuresis:

Alcohol & Caffeine Can Cause Bedwetting Kegel8 Can Help
  • Excessive Alcohol: as well as irritating the bladder, alcohol increases urine production and can make us sleep more heavily.
  • Caffeine: again irritates the bladder and increases urine production.
  • Chronic Constipation: if the bowels are really full, this can put pressure on the bladder and cause bedwetting.
  • Infection: infections such as urinary tract infections can lead to nocturnal enuresis.
  • Psychological problems: depression, sexual abuse, anxiety, stress and other psychological issues can cause bedwetting.
  • Sleep apnoea: this is a fairly common medical condition which has been linked to increased risk of adult bedwetting.

Treatment for Adult Bedwetting

Medication & Kegel8 Can Help With Adult Bedwetting

The treatment for adult bedwetting depends on the cause, and for problems such as urinary tract infections, treatment can be as simple as a short course of antibiotics. If you suffer from nocturnal enuresis, it’s important to cut down on caffeine and alcohol, and make sure that you go to the toilet just before bed to make sure your bladder is completely empty before you go to sleep.

You might find it useful to use a bedwetting alarm – this will wake you up on timed intervals to go to the toilet every few hours so that you will wake up and go to the toilet rather than wetting the bed. You can also buy bedwetting alarms that monitor wetness and can wake you up as soon as you begin to urinate.

Doctors can also prescribe medications such as Desmopressin and Imipramine to prevent night-time urination. These medications work in different ways to decrease wet nights.

If you are suffering from nocturnal enuresis, and especially if it is something that has only recently started, it is important to see your doctor who can figure out a possible cause and offer treatment options.

Pelvic floor exercise is often recommended as a first line treatment to try to prevent and treat bedwetting in adults. Suitable for both men and women, pelvic floor exercises help to give better control over your bladder and can work simply by making you more aware of your pelvic area. The Kegel8 Ultra 20 Pelvic Toner has been designed with 20 clinically-proven programmes which work deep within your pelvic floor muscles to help to strengthen your body from the inside out, which can help to treat bedwetting.

Alleviate the symptoms of bladder weakness & strengthen the pelvic floor in just 12 weeks, with the help of the Kegel8 Ultra 20 & Amanda Savage!

Amanda Savage is one of the UK’s leading specialist pelvic floor and women’s health physiotherapists, who has worked in the field for over 20 years offering supervised pelvic floor muscle training and support for the recovery of pelvic organ prolapses, incontinence and pelvic surgeries. With post-graduate qualifications, including a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, she has also gained full membership of the Professional Network of Pelvic, Obstetric & Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP). As a Kegel8 ambassador, Amanda Savage has worked alongside us for many years in the development of our best-selling device, the Kegel8 Ultra 20 V2 Electronic Pelvic Toner, to ensure its efficacy. In addition, she has been integral to ensuring all supporting information and instructions are medically accurate so that the device is used correctly/effectively, and treatment is tailored to the specific condition of the user.

Find out more about Amanda Savage, her qualifications, experience, knowledge, and affiliations here.

Amanda Savage

Comes complete with an easy exercise plan, created by Amanda Savage, to get results in just 12 weeks!

If ‘laughter leaks’ are making you want to cry, you are by no means alone! Indeed, more common that you may realise, bladder weakness and stress incontinence affect millions of people worldwide. And, here at Kegel8, we are all too familiar with the impact it has on both physical and emotional well-being, as well as on life in general. It’s true that, left untreated, symptoms of bladder weakness will simply worsen over time. However, it should by no means be accepted as an inevitability! Indeed, regular pelvic floor exercise, much like any other type of exercise, will strengthen the muscles over time, enabling them to perform their role much more effectively and offer the right amount of support to the bladder to ensure there are no leakages. In addition, it can calm ‘overactive’ nerves for those experiencing ‘jumpy’ or ‘irritable’ sensations in their bladder. That means you can get back to doing all the things you love!

The included 12-week exercise plan has been specifically developed by Amanda Savage to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and enable them to provide optimum support to the neck of the bladder, thus preventing any leakages. In addition, it will calm the ‘overactive’ nerves that are responsible for ‘jumpy’ or ‘irritable’ sensations in the bladder, thereby reducing bladder sensitivity. In addition, it prepares the user for ‘real life’ scenarios where they don’t have access to the machine.

So, why opt for an electronic pelvic floor exerciser rather than performing your Kegels independently?

It is thought that many women push downwards when performing independent pelvic floor exercises, which, rather than strengthening the muscles, can lead to further damage. In addition, it can be difficult to locate and target the correct muscles, making exercise less effective. As such, many women opt to use an electronic pelvic floor toner to ensure effective exercise and optimum results. The Kegel8 Ultra 20 V2 Electronic Pelvic Toner removes the guesswork and essentially acts as a Sat-Nav for your pelvic floor muscles, correctly targeting and stimulating a contraction within them using a small electric current. These contractions build strength and tone in a matter of weeks! With 20 clinically proven pelvic floor exercise programmes which vary in frequency, intensity and duration, the Ultra 20 is proven to treat a variety of different conditions, including bladder weakness and stress incontinence. And, in addition to tailored programmes, the specific 12-week exercise plans created by Amanda Savage advise exactly how the device should be used, depending upon the condition, to ensure the very best treatment.