Nocturia is defined as “Waking up at night with an urgent need to urinate”. It may happen once a night or several times, and it affects sleep quality, which results in decreased well being, life quality and other issues related to sleep disturbance.
Nocturia is a condition that causes an individual to wake up to urinate at least once during the night. This is how the American Urological Association (also known as the AUA) defines it. This condition is common in in the age range above 50 years old and affects an average of 10-40% of people at this age. It is possible to have Nocturia before the age of 50 but it is quite rare and not very common (5-15% in the 20-50 age range). There is a frequent pattern that is seen with people that have this condition and that is an increased number of times they wake up to urinate in the later decades of life. An example of this would be a person who urinates once at night in his sixties, will tend to urinate twice at night during his seventies.
What causes Nocturia?
One of the main causes of Nocturia is hormone imbalances. Arginine vasopressin, also known as AVP, and atrial natriuretic also known as ANH are both the two main hormones that regulate the body’s water level. The arginine vasopressin hormone increases the water absorption in the gathering duct systems of the kidney nephrons; in result this decreases urine production. This is made to regulate the hydration levels in the body. The other main hormone, atrial natriuretic hormone, is released by cardiac muscle cells to the response of high blood volume. When it is triggered, water is released and then urine production increases as well.
Bladder storage disorders are also another cause of Nocturia. This disorder increases the frequency of the small volume voids which are often related to lower urinary tract symptoms that tend to affect the capacity of the bladder. Bladder storage disorder also tends to reduce the patients nighttime voided volume. Every person has a Nocturnal bladder capacity, which is the time when the most amount of urine is stored during the period of sleep. A Bladder storage disorder can decrease the amount of urine stored during the sleep period.
What are some treatment options?
Nocturia is relatively new and has been not been studied too closely until recently. Unfortunately, there are not as many treatment options available because treatments have not been studied until recently. Lifestyle changes and pharmaceutical treatments are the most common ways to treat Nocturia. Some of the lifestyle changes include reducing caffeine and alcohol intake, and not drinking excessive amounts of liquid before bed.
A pharmaceutical treatment for Nocturia is Desmopressin. This drug is a synthetic replacement for AVP and it is used to treat a variety of nocturnal and coagulation disorders. This drug is becoming the normal use of treatment for nocturia.
URIDOC – Improves life of Nocturia sufferers.
A new option to treat nocturia is a device called URIDOC. . This device can be used as an alternative treatment to medication and lifestyle changes. URIDOC operates by sending various patterns of electronic impulses to your muscles through four metal buttons that are located on the front of the device. Your muscles respond to the impulses by contracting and relaxing rhythmically. The muscles that are relaxed are located around the bladder and in turn, this stimulates the bladder. When the bladder is stimulated, this causes it to produce more urine and empty while urinating.
URIDOC – Simple way to find relief
URIDOC is a new device recently introduced into the market to treat frequent night time urination problems, a condition also known as Nocturia. This device is not meant to replace a drug or treatment procedure but to be used as an alternative form of treatment. If the problem persists or you are feeling pain, do not hesitant to call an urologist or physician. URIDOC is a new device that is meant to make life easier for those who suffer from frequent nighttime urination.