Sleep and Nocturnal Enuresis - Lillie

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How sleep and Nocturnal Enuresis connect?

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 Nocturnal Enuresis is the medical term that use for bedwetting and nighttime       incontinence, which is the condition of urinating without consciousness while in sleep.   Generally, bedwetting before age 7 is a common situation and similarly for adults with bladder problems. The human body generates urine output to try to get rid of the unnecessary sugar storage during the day and the night.

 The principal cause of bedwetting for youngsters is the developing control over their bladder with age. As the research, it says that about 10% of children up to the age of 7 still face bedwetting problems. And sometimes laziness to get up from the bed can be why your kid bed wets. And that 10% of children count sums up to nearly 5 million. Even though a nanoscopic percent of bedwetting causes have specific medical causes, this is a common topic that widely researches in the fields of pediatrics, psychiatry, and urology.

On the other hand, adults with nocturnal enuresis conditions do exist. It reportedly says that more the 5 million adults struggle with bedwetting problems and many are often find it as an uncomfortable matter to open up about. Due to the rising commonness of this issue, there have been multiple solutions, products introduced. Waterproof bed mats, reusable absorbing underpants are some.

Importance of having continuous sleep

After a complete restless day, sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to get a rest, to refresh for the day. A night of healthy sleep makes the human body and all the systems to work properly. A 'sleep' to beneficial, it needs to CONTINOUS and lasts a minimum span of 7 - 8 hours.

Lack of sleep affects the human body severely and here's how it happens,

  • Effects on weight

Developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and overweight as a cause of lowering the metabolism due to lack of sleep is common among sleep-deprived communities causing having hardships to lose weight.

  • Memory loss and lack of awareness

Not getting enough sleep always affects memory as enough amount of sleep restores the memory and functionality of the brain and further affecting the think and process information.

  • Weakens heart
Research studies say that lack of sleep or unusual sleeping habits can increase the risks of having heart diseases. heart strokes and heart attacks.


  • Mental Health issues

The connection between mental health and sleep shares 50:50 of the relationship. Just like sleep can affect mental health, mental health plays a major role in sleep. Insomnia causing Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), common causes of depression, anxiety.

What Causes for Nocturnal Enuresis

Going in-depth for causes for having bedwetting problems, it is important to mention these reasons may differ from person to person.

  • Bladder Problems

Having too many muscle contractions may cause the bladder to obligate from holding a normal amount of urine. Having a small bladder is one of the common reasons for bedwetting problems.

  • Hormonal Problems

Antidiuretic hormone is the hormone in the human body that makes urinating less at night. But not everyone's bodies function the same, therefore not everyone's bodies make enough Antidiuretic Hormone.

  • Genetics

Parents with bedwetting problems are most likely to pass that condition to their kids as some specific genes can cause enuresis.

  • Coffee and Caffeine

Yes it's better to cut of that extra cup of coffee you take in a day. 

  • Physical and Psychological Conditions

Secondary enuresis can be caused by having diabetes, constipation, and urinary tract infections(UTI). And at the same time stress, depression can be causing a person to face this same issue.

Manage your bedwetting problem

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Even though sometimes doctors treat enuresis with medicine for people with special cases the approach to managing this is are some simple techniques.

Manage the food intake before bed
By taking a few several steps by keeping an eye on what you drink and eat before bed. But that is not a good approach as it might cause depression and might worsen the anxiety and depression for people who suffer from mental health issues already.

Use bedwetting alarms
Sometimes it is prescribed to use a bedwetting alarm that there's a buzzer or an alarm rings when a person starts bedwetting. It wakes you up to go to the toilet making the bed less wet. Of course, it is not that practical since the bed will be wetted already and will break the sleep in the middle of the night.

Waterproof Bed Mats and Reusable/Disposable Absorbing Underpants
One of the best approaches for enuresis is using absorbing underpants that are capable of soaking all the wetness that might happen during an unconscious bed wetting and using bed mats specialized for bedwetting situations. It is much more practical and the sleep won't be interrupted in the middle of the night letting you get a comfortable sleep.

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