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Alternative Names Return to topNocturia
Definition Return to top
Excessive urination at night is a condition in which you wake up several times during the night to urinate. Waking up several times a night to urinate is called nocturia.
Considerations Return to top
Normally, urine decreases in amount and become more concentrated at night. That means, most people can sleep 6 to 8 hours without having to urinate.
But, persons with nocturia get up more than once during the night to urinate. Because of this, those who have excessive urination at night often have disrupted sleep cycles.
Causes Return to top
Home Care Return to top
Keep a diary of how much fluid you drink, how often you urinate, and urine output. Record your body weight at the same times and on the same scale daily.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Make an appointment with your doctor if:
What to Expect at Your Office Visit Return to top
Your health care provider will perform a physical examination and ask questions about your nighttime urination, such as:
Electrolytes and fluids will be monitored over a period of time.
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
Treatment depends on the cause. If excessive nighttime urination is due to diuretic medications, you may be told to take your medication earlier in the day.
References Return to top
Asplund R. Nocturia, nocturnal polyuria, and sleep quality in the elderly. J Psychosom Res. 2004 May;56(5):517-25.Update Date: 6/5/2007 Updated by: Marc Greenstein, DO, Urologist, North Jersey Center for Urologic Care, Denville, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.