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Exercise May Curb His Nightly Trips to the Bathroom

Waking up at Night to Urinate

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  • Waking up during the night to urinate (nocturia) is the most common lower urinary tract symptom in men, and is thought to affect more than half of men aged 45 and over
  • Men who exercised for one or more hours per week were 13 percent less likely to have nocturia, and 34 percent less likely to have severe nocturia, than those who did not
  • Exercise may improve nighttime urination by reducing body size, improving sleep, reducing inflammation, and decreasing nervous system activity
  • Increased urination frequency can be caused by an overactive bladder (involuntary contractions), caffeine, a urinary tract infection (UTI), interstitial cystitis, benign prostate enlargement, diabetes, or certain neurological diseases
  • For men, an enlarged prostate is a common cause of nocturia that may be remedied with lifestyle changes

By Dr. Mercola

Waking up during the night to urinate (nocturia) is the most common lower urinary tract symptom in men, and is thought to affect more than half of men aged 45 and over. Nocturia is more than just a nuisance; it interferes with quality sleep, leaving you irritable, fatigued, and at risk of the myriad of health problems related to insufficient sleep.


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