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Does Your Bladder Keep You Up at Night?

The definition of nocturia is excessive urination at night. This is something that is common in a lot of women and can increase with age. Here are some things you can do to limit your bathroom trips at night.

  1. Compression Socks:
    Throughout the day, fluid will naturally fall to your ankles due to gravity. Sometimes the first time you put your feet up is at night which causes that fluid to shift from your ankles. This causes your body the sensation to urinate off that fluid, causing you to wake up at night and urinate. So, how do we combat this? Compression Socks! Compression socks allow the fluid not to get trapped at the ankles, but rather compresses the ankles and allows the fluid to be urinated off during the day rather than at night. Wearing compression socks during the day can greatly reduce your nighttime bathroom trips.
  2. Stop drinking fluids 2 hours before bedtime:
    The less you drink before bed, the less you must urinate off at night. Help save yourself a few trips to the bathroom by limiting your fluid intake prior to bed.
  3. Elevate your legs:
    45 min to an hour before bed, lay down and elevate your legs above the level of your heart. As stated above, fluid gets trapped in your ankles throughout the day. Help that fluid escape while you’re awake simply by elevating your legs and letting gravity do its job! You will notice you have to urinate while in this position, but better to get that fluid off before bed rather than throughout the night!
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