Does your bladder nag you out of bed overnight? If you have to go to the bathroom more than once during 6-8 hours of zzz's, you might have nocturia.
Your body may make too much urine, or your bladder can’t hold enough. Sometimes it's both.
There are many possible causes. Some need medical treatment, others you can manage on your own.
Could It Be What I’m Drinking?
You may just be drinking too much or too close to bedtime. Drink less several hours before you go to sleep. Don’t have alcohol or caffeine late in the day. And be sure to use the bathroom before you go to bed.
Could It Be an Infection?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) triggers a need to pee more during the day and at night. It may hurt when you pee, your stomach may ache, and you might have a fever. Your doctor can diagnose and treat a UTI.
Could My Age Make a Difference?
The older you are, the more likely you are to need to pee at night.
As you age, your body produces less of a hormone that helps concentrate urine so that you can hold it until the morning.
When you're older you're also more likely to have other health problems that make you need to pee overnight. Your gender can play a role, too:
Men: An enlarged prostate is common when you're an older guy. It usually isn’t serious, but it can keep you from emptying your bladder.
Women: After menopause, you make less estrogen. That can cause changes in the urinary tract that make you have to go more often. If you’ve had children, the muscles in your pelvis may be weaker, too.