Many people who suffer from incontinence can get the problem under control during the day, but they struggle to keep control at night, while they are sleeping. The leakage is simply unmanageable for them, because they aren’t aware of how to deal with incontinence while they are not conscious. However, there are conscious steps that a person can take to handle night time incontinence effectively.
First of all, you want to make sure that you urinate before going to bed. You may have to stay up later to ensure that you get in a full urination before you go to sleep, but it can be worth it to wake up dry in the morning.
You also want to be careful about limiting your liquids during the day in an effort to control your bladder. Yes, excessive amounts of liquid can cause more frequent urination, but if you dehydrate your body, you can cause your bladder muscles to react in a way that makes leakage more common. Try to get enough liquids throughout the day but don’t overdo it. You may also only want to take a small sip of water before bed instead of a full drink.
Sleeping in comfortable conditions can also help. If you are cramped, excessively warm or otherwise uncomfortable, your bladder may not like it and could begin to behave unfavourably.
Even using these methods, people may still experience incontinence. It may be best to invest in some incontinence products. Pads and underwear that are designed to be absorbent can leave most people feeling much dryer in the morning than they would be otherwise. If you have excessive leakage, or you won’t want to deal with pad or special underwear, you can always opt for incontinence bedding products that make it a breeze to change out bedding when it is soaked.
Ultimately, you do need to consult with your doctor about the best course of action for you. You should be looking for a way to treat and even cure the incontinence issue, which can be done in many cases. Your doctor will likely advise you to use certain products until the issue can be managed better, and you may be advised to have a certain diet and exercise program to help with your incontinence.
People who suffer from incontinence at night are often burdened with genetic factors that make it more likely that they will have leakage at night. Perhaps their parents were bedwetters or someone on one side of their family had trouble controlling their bladder at night. Knowing whether you are at risk for incontinence can be a great help in being prepared for it, and a trip to your doctor or a discussion with your parents can give you the information you need to plan ahead adequately.
The most important thing to know about dealing with night time incontinence is that it is something that can usually be treated and even cured. If you never go for help and never tell your doctor about this issue, it is likely that it won’t resolve on its own. Take action and get the help you need to start managing this common health issue.