According to the National Association for Continence (NAFC), 5 million adults experience the condition of sleep enuresis (often referred to as bedwetting). While this health issue can be inconvenient, embarrassing, and even alarming, it can be managed. If you suffer from periodic or regular bedwetting, here are some tips and general information that can help.
What Causes Adult Bedwetting?
When an adult urinates while sleeping, it could be due to a variety of factors. Some of the potential causes include diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, a urinary tract infection, and urinary tract stones. Another possible cause could be cancer (such as bladder cancer or prostate cancer). An enlarged prostate, a bladder infection, or even constipation could be to blame. Anxiety and stress are additional reasons that some people experience urinary incontinence at night. Adult bedwetting can be the result of a neurological condition. Nighttime enuresis may also be a side effect of taking certain medications. The problem could be the effect of too little antidiuretic hormone (ADH) produced by the body while sleeping.
Treating Adult Sleep Enuresis
When you experience urinary incontinence at night, the first step you should take is to talk to your physician. Your doctor will likely perform a physical examination, and you may need to undergo various tests and evaluations. By identifying an underlying cause of your nocturnal urinary incontinence, your doctor may then implement a treatment plan.
If adult bedwetting is the primary issue and not the result of another condition or factor, it could be hereditary. Until a treatment plan is carried out – or if treatment and medication are not effective or possible – you may need to wear protective underwear. Absorbent mattress pads may also be used to protect your bed; the pads may be found in disposable and reusable varieties.
You might be initially dismayed to discover that you are wetting the bed while you sleep. However, nighttime enuresis can often be eradicated or managed. Make an appointment to consult your doctor, so you can deal with this issue as soon as possible.