Peeing is natural. In fact, it is an indicator that your kidneys are healthy and functioning well. Our kidneys are key players in our urinary tract. Peeing is our way of getting rid of toxins from our blood. If we don’t pee, then toxins will quickly build up in our body, which causes us to get sick.
Our urine contains:
- Urea - waste formed when proteins are broken down
- Urochrome - pigmented blood product that gives urine its yellowish color
- Creatinine - waste product formed when there is normal breakdown of muscle
- Byproducts of bile from the liver
Today, however, we are going to talk about peeing at night...or rather having to get up from sleeping soundly because you have to pee two times or more when you’re asleep. See, when you sleep, your body produces less urine that is more concentrated. Meaning, most people do not need to wake up during the night to urinate and they are able to sleep uninterrupted. But if you wake up two times or more at night just to pee, you might have what they call nocturia or nocturnal polyuria - this is the medical term for excessive urination at night.
Now, let’s take a look at the common reasons for nocturia.
- Obesity - There is no definite reason yet, but several studies have shown that obesity, especially abdominal obesity, has been linked to an increased incident of nighttime urination.
- Excessive fluid intakes - There are some people who consume more than 30% of their fluids after having dinner, which can naturally increase the chances of nighttime urination.
- Chronic urinary tract infections - Another possible cause of nocturia is if a person has unresolved or recurring urinary tract infections.
- Medications - Certain kind of medications can also cause nocturia. There are diuretic medications like hydrochlorothiazide or furosemide (Lasix). Did you know that the blood pressure medication you take at night contains a diuretic? Well, now you do.
- Alcohol and caffeine - Late night intake of alcohol and caffeine (soda, coffee, tea) can cause nocturia and ruin your sleep.
- Age - This I have seen through my parents and how they wake up in the middle of the night to pee. Increased age is associated with decreased bladder capacity.
- Diabetes - Elevated levels of glucose in the kidneys at night draw more fluid into the urine which can lead to increased urine formation and disturbing nighttime urination.
- Congestive Heart Failure - During the day, fluid accumulates in the legs due to gravity and the heart’s inability to pump normally. When we lie down at night, this fluid, without the influence of gravity, reenters the bloodstream and causes an increase in urine production.
- Sleep Apnea: 50% of people with sleep apnea experience frequent nighttime urination. This is because when we make vigorous efforts to breathe against a closed airway, the heart muscle is stretched. It then puts out a hormone, atrial natriuretic peptide, which increases urine production.
- Overactive bladder - Having an overactive bladder is not a disease. I, for one, have always suffered this condition for as long as I can remember (TMI, but you have to know that this condition is actually common and affects millions of Americans). You have to know that OAB is not something you should be ashamed of and there is something you can do about it.
If you are suffering nocturia because of an overactive bladder, then we have just the perfect answer for you.
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Pumpkin seed extract is known as a long-time cure used by our ancestors to cure incontinence. According to markstengler.com, “When the production of nitric oxide levels is low there is increased bladder activity and reduced bladder volume. Pumpkin seed oil increases nitric oxide synthesis. The other known reason for its benefit is its hormonal effects. Pumpkin seed oil has a tissue building effect on the pelvic floor muscles. It does this by inhibiting the aromatase enzyme which makes more active testosterone available to the pelvic muscles, allowing them to strengthen.”
Testimonies are pouring in singing praises of Bladder Guard and how it has improved the lives of our users all over the country. If you are experiencing nocturia or just have an overactive bladder, then try Bladder Guard for yourself and improve the quality of your life whether you are sleeping or on the move.