Managing Bedtime Incontinence
Is bedtime incontinence becoming a serious problem in your daily life?
We get it. Incontinence can be an embarrassing condition to have, but it certainly isn’t a rare one. Over half of men and women in the United States over the age of 65 have reported incontinence issues. So how can one manage incontinence that occurs at night during sleep? There are a few ways to tackle the issue.
Four Ways To Mange Bedtime Incontinence
1. Try doing Kegel workouts. You may have heard of Kegels, a relatively easy exercise that involves squeezing and releasing the muscles that surround the urethra. Sound a little weird? Kegels are basically what one does to stop urinating midstream-- it’s quite simple! Since incontinence is often caused by muscle weakness, doing Kegels may be able to help prevent incontinence while asleep.
2. Avoid drinking before bed. Avoid drinking beverages around three hours before bedtime. If you are particularly thirsty, be sure to take sparse, small, and slow sips of water.
3. Always “go” before bed. Sometimes it’s easy to jump into bed at the end of a long day without going to the bathroom. However, if you have incontinence issues, you won’t always wake up in the middle of the night to relieve yourself appropriately. Urinating before bed is a surefire way to prevent incontinence during sleep.
4. Reduce how much caffeine you consume. Most people need a few cups of coffee to get through their busy day. However, you should reserve your caffeine intake to the morning and only in the morning. Caffeine has been connected to urination problems, and very well could contribute to incontinence.
What are your thoughts on how to manage nighttime incontinence? We want to hear from you.