It’s 2 a.m. and you’re soaring on the back of a dragon, wielding your favorite sword, and taking your chance to overthrow the evil queen.
Just as you raise your sword, you see floods. For some reason, everything is water.
Oh, and your bladder hurts.
Your eyes shoot open as the fantasy fades and you realize you’re in bed, really having to pee.
After getting up and relieving yourself, you desperately try to squeeze your eyes shut. But, as we all know, it’s almost impossible to return to a peaceful dream state after being interrupted by your bodily needs.
You're suffering from nocturia, a.k.a. frequent urination at night.
1️⃣ Stop Drinking Two Hours Before Bed
It may seem obvious that drinking more liquids will make you more likely to go to the bathroom, but it may be the answer you’re looking for. It’s especially important to avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed, as these are diuretics and will speed up urine production.
2️⃣ Reschedule Your Medications
If your medications are diuretics, talk with your doctor about rescheduling the times you take them. It’s ideal to take these kinds of medications in the morning rather than before bed.
3️⃣ Stay Away from Salt
Excessive salt consumption affects the kidneys, making you urinate frequently as your body tries to rebalance your sodium levels.
4️⃣ Compress or Stretch
Over the course of the day, the pull of gravity can lead to fluid retention in your lower extremities. Then, when you lay down for the night, your body reabsorbs the fluid — and it ends up in your bladder.
For an immediate improvement, try wearing compression socks to boost your circulation and stop the fluid from accumulating. You can also stretch before bed if you find that your legs and ankles are swollen after a long day.
Frequent urination at night is no fun for anyone and can lead to serious sleep deprivation over time. But freedom from interrupted sleep is totally possible for you.
Try our tips and before you know it, you’ll be back to overthrowing queens and riding dragons to your heart’s content.
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