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Occasional loss of bladder control while sleeping affects how much rest you're really getting!

Occasional loss of bladder control while sleeping affects how much rest you're really getting!

The material provided below is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the diagnosis or treatment by a qualified healthcare professional. You should always seek medical advice before consuming any new medicines or supplements. AZO products referenced on this website are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease such as overactive bladder, urinary tract infections, or vaginal infections.

It’s time to talk about your favorite S-word: sleep. As you know, sleep plays a vital role in your overall health and well-being, and a lack of it could raise your risk for some chronic health problems.1 Sleep affects how you think, react, work, learn and socialize, which is why nothing should get between you and some much-needed shuteye! If you’re finding yourself tossing and turning on account of occasional loss of bladder control at night, you’re not alone. One in three women experience occasional bladder control issues,‡‡‡ and one frustrating bladder symptom is frequent night urgency. Read on for tips to help manage occasional bladder control issues and get a better night’s sleep.

The Urinary Bladder at Night

The average person should aim for 7–8 hours of sleep per night1 but when you’re struggling with occasional bladder control issues, you may have trouble reaching that recommended number. A bladder with occasional control issues can disturb sleep and have a significant impact on quality of sleep and overall life.2

Help Fight the Frequent Urge to Urinate at Night

The good news is that there are ways to help fight occasional bladder control issues! Here are a few tips to help lower the risk of waking up in the middle of the night with occasional urinary urgency:

  1. Avoid caffeine too close to bedtime5
    Caffeine is both a diuretic and a stimulant, which means it can increase the amount of urine you make and also increase feelings of occasional bladder urgency5
  2. No liquids before bedtime
    Whether it’s water, tea or soup, extra liquids cause the need to urinate at night4

If these two tips help your occasional bladder issues but you’re still having trouble sleeping, you could also help promote sleep by making sure your body is relaxed before bedtime. See below:

  1. Avoid using your bedroom for anything other than sex and sleep to ensure your body knows that your bedroom is a place for you to unwind5
  2. Get exercise during the day, but not right before bed5
  3. Stick to a regular bedtime routine and avoid naps during the day to prevent disrupting your sleep cycle5

AZO Bladder Control® and Occasional Bladder Issues

Of course, bladder control issues is not something you have to deal with alone. Luckily there’s AZO Bladder Control® with Go-Less®, a pumpkin seed extract and soy germ blend to help maintain the tone of the pelvic floor and support bladder strength.* Women everywhere can trust that AZO Bladder Control® is safe and drug-free bladder health support.* You can learn more by clicking here.

Now that you’ve learned some helpful tips, it’s time to put them into practice! So grab your pajamas, dim the lights, and have a good night.

1http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why
‡‡‡Omnibus Bladder Consumer Study commissioned by i-Health, Inc. the distributor of AZO Bladder Control®
2http://patient.info/doctor/nocturia
3http://www.livestrong.com/article/294664-diuretic-effects-of-caffeine/
4https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/12/stop-full-bladder-killing-sleep/
5http://www.everydayhealth.com/sleep/how-bladder-problems-can-impact-your-sleep.aspx

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