Monday, March 27, 2017

Wake up in the middle of the night -- you're practically dead

Getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom is exquisite torture, especially if the bedroom is cold, as ours usually is.

Here's something that might help: Consume less salt.
The problem - called nocturia - which mainly affects the over-60s, leads to disrupted sleep and can significantly affect people's lives. In a study of more than 300 volunteers, researchers found that reduced salt intake led people to urinate less.
That must have been a fun study. Here's why it might work:
Consuming excessive amounts of sodium may increase the amount of urine your kidneys produce, resulting in a condition known as polyuria.Although drinking more fluids in response to an increase in salt consumption is one of the main reasons for excessive urine production, other conditions can cause symptoms of polyuria. Common causes of increased urination include diabetes, kidney failure, sickle cell anemia and psychogenic polydipsia. Certain medications may also cause an increase in urination.
Now when you wake up in the middle of the night you can wonder whether you have nocturia, polyuria or psychogenic polydipsia.

That should help you get back to sleep, especially if you know that primary polydipsia is a form of polydipsia characterized by excessive fluid intake in the absence of physiological stimuli to drink. This includes psychogenic polydipsia (PPD), which is caused by mental disorders, often schizophrenia.

Sweet dreams!

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