For most of us, it is not a normal activity to have to get up at night to pee. We should be able to sleep 7-8 hours without our bladder waking us. There are some exceptions to this. If you are pregnant, it is normal to have to get up to pee during the night because the baby can be pushing down on your bladder. If you are over 65 years old, it is normal to get up to urinate 1 to maybe 2 times at night.
Now many of us get woken up for other reasons such as our kids or aches and pains waking us and we just happen to go to the bathroom while we are awake. That is not exactly the same situation as dealing with nighttime bladder urgency and frequency.
What can you do if you are dealing with nighttime bladder urgency and frequency?
Sometimes, there is no suppressing the urge to go to the bathroom. Many people may even have trouble making it to the bathroom in time and may deal with bladder leakage on the way there. If you need to get up to go to the bathroom, do a nice contraction of the pelvic floor, sit up at the edge of the bed, make sure that you feel like your pelvic floor is there and supporting you, and then stand up and walk to the bathroom calmly and under control.
Hopefully these tips help you feel more in control of your bladder. If you find that your night time bladder symptoms are still bothersome even after trying these techniques, give us a call to discuss what your options are to get you back in control of your bladder.
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