3 Bladder Control Tips for Men, Sleep Edition
Sleep plays an important role in your physical, mental and emotional health. On average, adults should aim to sleep for seven to nine hours per night.1 Having a consistent sleep schedule allows the body to regenerate, increases mental clarity and more.2 But factors like occasional bladder issues can get in the way of a healthy sleep schedule.
Between 11 and 16 percent of men experience occasional bladder issues, and they’re more likely to appear with age—because as men age, so do their bladder muscles.3 The muscles become more likely to contract, resulting in the occasional feeling of urgency. With age, the body begins to store fluid during the day and get rid of it at night while lying flat, which results in answering nature’s call two to three times or more a night.3,4
Read on for tips to help manage bladder issues like the frequent and urgent need to pee, and get a better night’s sleep.
1. AVOID BLADDER IRRITANTS AND FLUIDS BEFORE BED
Certain foods and drinks such as alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and citrus fruits may act as diuretics or irritants—stimulating your bladder. Avoid these foods, especially before bed! A good rule of thumb is to limit excessive food and drink intake four to five hours before bed to catch up on those Zzz’s.4 If you did happen to have a nightcap, pee right before bed, to avoid falling asleep with a full bladder.
2. STAY FIT AND EXERCISE THE BLADDER
Extra weight increases pressure on your bladder muscles, which may weaken them over time and can increase urinary urgency.5 A healthy diet and exercise can help improve bladder health by decreasing pressure on your bladder muscles. You can also exercise your muscles with Kegels. You read that right, men can do Kegels, too. Contract and hold your pelvic floor muscles (the muscles you use to hold your urine),6 then release them. Repeat this for five minutes, three times a day to strengthen the muscles around the bladder and urethra, helping to reduce urgency.6
3. ADD AZO BLADDER CONTROL® TO YOUR ROUTINE
In addition to practicing the helpful tips above, adding AZO Bladder Control® with Go-Less® can support bladder control by toning and sustaining bladder muscles. AZO Bladder Control® with Go-Less® is drug-free and clinically studied to help reduce nighttime urinary urgency in men.*^
Put these tips into practice so you can go less—and worry less—both day and night.
One of the common causes of urinary issues in men is an enlarged prostate.3 If you are experiencing bladder control problems, consult a healthcare professional to discuss potential underlying disease such as a serious growth or prostate cancer. You should always consult a healthcare practitioner before adding a new supplement to your routine.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
AZO® and AZO Bladder Control® are registered trademarks of DSM.
Go-Less® is a registered trademark of Frutarom.