There are steps you can take to minimize nighttime leaks and get a better night’s sleep
If you’re experiencing urine leakage issues that occur during nighttime hours – a problem known as adult bedwetting and by the medical term Nocturnal Enuresis – it’s a wise move to bring this issue to the attention of your doctor. Why? Because Nocturnal Enuresis may be a warning sign of another medical issue present in your body that you’ll need to get a handle on, and your doctor will be in the best position to figure out what’s going on and map out a treatment plan.
For those able to rule out a serious underlying medical issue responsible for their nighttime leaks, there are a number of things you can do to improve your situation. Here are 5 things that may prove effective in addressing those annoying nighttime leaks.
- Get immediate protection. Irrespective of what causes nighttime leaks, the effects of these leaks can be rectified. There are some great products on the market designed specifically to deal with your problem by absorbing and/or containing leakage before it can ruin your bedding and mattress. For example, Salk’s CareFor™ Waterproof Sheeting provides complete protection for sheets, mattresses and chairs and is available in a range of sizes. Additionally, Salk’s CareFor™ Ultra Odor Control Underpad with HaloShield™, available in 5 sizes, is perfect for adding an extra layer of protection to bedding. Having protective devices such as these in place will set your mind at ease during bedtime.
- Watch your fluid consumption. The amount and the composition of the fluids you consume each day likely has a major influence on whether or not you experience nighttime leaks. Certain fluids, especially those with alcohol or caffeine, are known to irritate the bladder and/or increase urine production, so avoid them completely or at least limit their consumption.
- Bladder training. Your bladder is an expandable vessel with a fixed capacity to handle the urine that filters into it. Bladder retraining is a process designed to improve the bladder’s ability to do its proper job. The purpose here is to increase the number of hours between urinations, in effect “teaching” the bladder to hold urine for longer periods of time.
- Kegel exercises. The pelvic floor muscles in your lower body need to be strong and in good health for you to be able to urinate normally. These muscles may be damaged or grow weakened over time. “Kegel” exercises – also known as Pelvic Muscle Floor Training, or PFMT – have been known to ameliorate and sometimes eliminate urine leakage issues. These exercises can be performed at any time of the day, but they shouldn’t be done when the bladder is full.
- Bedwetting alarms. Moisture-sensitive alarms that are activated in the presence of urine were invented in the early 20th century to help train children and adolescents to modify bedwetting behavior. Their main use for adults suffering from nighttime urine leaks is to notify caregivers that a leak has been detected and that bedding therefore needs to be changed. Having this assurance in place may make it easier for some to avoid bedtime anxiety and enjoy a restful night of sleep. Today these alarms come in a range of designs, including alarms in the form of pads placed under bed sheets and alarms that can be worn on the body.
Take the steps enumerated above and you’ll have a much better chance of experiencing a dry, restful, rejuvenating period of sleep each and every night.