Do you suffer from Nocturia?
So what is Nocturia I hear you ask?
It’s going to the toilet too often at night! Do you find you are getting up in the middle of the night, maybe several times, to have a pee?
Nocturia can lead to several problems, but a lack of quality sleep is the most important one. Leaving you lethargic and not feeling up to doing anything during the day.
The Cause: Often, people think it is to do with drinking too much, or late at night. Drinking may not help, but you feel the need to go when your bladder is full. If your bladder is not full, you don’t feel the need to go.
So, where is all that water? It’s in your lower legs, your calves. I know what your thinking! Let me try to explain a bit more. Your heart, with the help of your calves, often called the second heart, pumps blood around your body. The water in the blood, to keep it flowing nicely, is regulated and sent to the bladder if too much.
As we age and as we do less, our muscles start to weaken. If we sit a lot and exercise even less, the calves become less efficient at helping the heart.
Now, under the skin is a layer of cells called the Interstitium. It acts as a cushion between the skin and bones. It does this by retaining water.
When the calves become weaker and less able to help the heart pump blood around the body, more water accumulates in the calves’ Interstitium layer.
Then, when you get to bed, you lie down and retained water flows back into the bloodstream, your heart can pump this around your body because you are prone and gravity is not acting on the water in your body and pulling it down to your legs. Your bladder fills, and you get that urgent need to go to the toilet!
- Wear compression calve length socks from morning to evening. The compression helps with stopping the retention of the water in your calves.
- Lie down and raise your legs, just a bit. Once or twice in the afternoon, for about 5, or 10 minutes. Not at night as this can make the problem worse.
- Reduce your salt intake. Salt absorbs water, so holds it in your body.
- Exercise if you can.
I have one of those things that stimulate the calves by electric impulse. I’m not advertising. I have nothing to do with that company and do not know if it helps in any way.
So there it is! Pee less at night and have a better quality of sleep.
Good quality sleep is vital when combating dementia for those with it and those doing all they can to keep it at bay.
So, enjoy a good Pee, just not at night when you need your sleep!
Please comment on anything I have said. Thank You!
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