Nocturia (frequent night time urination) is basically not a disease but could be the symptom of some other, possibly serious, underlying problems, or simply a temporary situation that one faces.
What is Nocturia?
Nocturia is the state when one wakes up in the middle of the night to pass urine. The word ‘nocturia’ itself means night time urination. In this condition, the bladder becomes hyperactive in the night and results in more than two or more trips to the washroom.
The reasons behind nocturia or the night time urination could be either or all of the following:-
- Drinking more water than usual especially before going to bed at night.
- Non-regulation of the overall fluid intake, and/or intake of excessive alcohol or caffeine.
- The body is making more urine than normal.
- The bladder is not able to hold urine for long.
- Urinary tract infection or bladder infection, enlargement of the prostrate in men, diabetes or anxiety. These infections generally tend to cause repeated burning sensation and urgent need for urination throughout the day and also during night.
Men Are More Affected
Men, especially those in the age group of fifty and above often face the need for frequent urination during the night-time. Though, signs and symptoms of nocturia may start appearing among men in their late forties, they tend to exacerbate as they age. This is a common and rather tricky condition among middle-aged folks and the seniors.
Why This Is So?
This is because Nocturia is believed to affect men with an enlarged prostate gland. The prostate, having grown in size, tends to press the urethra and block the entire urine from passing through in one go. However, if the problem persists for long and interrupts the sleep cycle and quality of sleep it is recommended to be concerned and seek medical attention.
Below are a few natural remedies and natural healthcare treatment for nocturia. This can both treat as well as prevent this problem of night time urination.
- Have raisins. Simply chew some kishmish (raisins) before you hit the bed. These helps to absorb any excess water from the vascular system and thus delay the need for urination for quite some time.
- Kaddu ke beej (Pumpkin seeds) are believed to improve health of the bladder as well as the prostate and thus provide some relief from nocturia.
- Loaded with antioxidants, grapefruit contains enzymes that help provide relief from the signs of nocturia.
- Grapefruit moreover helps remove toxins from our body, and hence is great for the health, especially while undergoing the nocturia natural cures.
- You may drink grapefruit juice for nocturia regularly as it is also a powerful antioxidant.
- Some quantity of Brown Rice maybe taken some time before sleeping as it also absorbs excessive water from our body.
- Rice Vinegar or Chaaval Siraka is known to be a powerful antiseptic, and this could also help to clean the system of bacteria that might be causing nocturia.
Below are some herbs that can treat nocturia. These herbs are known to relax the bladder muscles naturally.
- Witch Hazel for nocturia – This is a herb with anti-inflammatory properties and has a toning effect on the bladder.
- This herb reduces the number of times you need to urinate at night.
- Gotu Kola is a herb also used to treat an uncontrolled bladder.
- Saw Palmetto is another useful herb which has the natural properties of being diuretic and antispasmodic.
- Yarrow is one more herb that works and has antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- The herb called Horsetail treats an overactive bladder.
- Hydrangea is antispasmodic and antiseptic herb that is believed to support in relaxing the bladder muscles.
- Avoid consuming water or any beverages immediately before sleeping, and earnestly cut down on alcohol intake.
- Reduce your caffeine intake, especially during the late evenings.
- Try to sip in only a little amount of water in case you happen to be thirsty or your throat feels dry right before bedtime.
- Habitually you would need to evade the consumption of diuretics.
- Foods such as spices, chocolates, artificial sweeteners are quite likely to increase the need for frequent urination at night.
- Avoid drinking beverages such as tea, coffee, alcohol at least within four hours before bedtime.
- Also try to elude spiced and fermented foods including baked items.
Sleep Tight and Cozy
- Try to keep your body warm and comfortable while sleeping.
- You may warm your body with a blanket or cover sheet so that you don’t get too cold. This can control the number of times to the washroom at night.
- Sleep with your legs elevated, this way you can sleep better with less disturbance.
About the Author:
Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is a leading Ayurveda Professional in India. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga.