Bed wetting is very much a taboo subject, particularly in adults and while it might not remove the embarrassment, it’s important to know that nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting) is involuntary and not your fault.
There are many factors that can contribute to an adult experiencing nocturnal enuresis but the most important thing is knowing how to conquer it. Here are our top tips…
- Monitor your fluid intake
Limit your fluid intake a few hours before you plan to go to sleep. However, it’s important that you don’t completely cut back on your intake, as dehydration can irritate your bladder. Avoid drinking caffeinated and carbonated fluids at night.
- Regain bladder control
It’s important that you increase your bladder capacity. Try going to the toilet every hour during the day and then resist the need to go when it’s not scheduled. In order to help regain bladder control, gradually increase the time interval between toilet breaks.
- Visit the toilet before bedtime
If you frequently go to the toilet throughout the day, especially if this is due to an overactive bladder, this can carry on into the night causing you to wet the bed. Always remember to empty your bladder before you go to sleep.
- Keep dry during the night
Opt for waterproof bedding to give you peace of mind that you’ll have a comfortable and restful night’s sleep. Reusable waterproof bed pads are perfect for multiple uses from childhood bed wetting and pregnancy to old age and everything in between.
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- See your doctor
Many people are extremely embarrassed that they suffer from bed wetting and are therefore, often reluctant to speak to their Doctor. However, it’s crucial that you provide your GP with specific details so that the underlying problem can be identified and treated effectively.
It’s recommended that you keep a diary detailing your bed wetting patterns 2-3 weeks prior to visiting your doctor.
For more information about bed wetting and how to treat it visit our Sleep Clinic.