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Old 09-02-2018, 09:31 PM
 
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I discussed this problem with my urologist. He said that fluids you drink cycle through in 3 to 4 hours. The amount of liquids you drink during the day and/or morning caffeine consumption have no effect on nocturnal urination. Alcohol consumption in the evening does exacerbate the problem.

You need to rule out any health issues (UTIs) or medication side effects. Getting up several times per night is not normal for a woman.
Thanks for all the posts. I do take blood pressure meds, maybe that's it. I don't drink alcohol, maybe once or twice a year.
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Old 09-02-2018, 09:33 PM
 
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Getting up at night isn't as bad as a UTI. Too many older people limit fluids too much and end up hospitalized with a bad UTI. I leave a night light on in the bathroom so I can get up and go back to bed without really waking up.
Good point, thanks for mentioning it.
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Old 09-02-2018, 09:35 PM
 
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3x a night on average (58 y.o.). Whether I drank alcohol that night, or drank too much water too late. Guess it's sleep psychological, and I've come to expect it. I fall right back asleep and right back into dreaming so I'm used to it now.
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Old 09-03-2018, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, TX
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3x a night on average (58 y.o.). Whether I drank alcohol that night, or drank too much water too late. Guess it's sleep psychological, and I've come to expect it. I fall right back asleep and right back into dreaming so I'm used to it now.

I'm the same way! 58 and up about 3X a night. Drink a lot of water throughout the day so that probably plays into it! I always go right back to sleep. Key for me is no lights on and barely open my eyes when up. It's been like this for quite awhile so I'm used to it but annoyed occasionally.
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Old 09-03-2018, 07:52 AM
 
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I get up multiple times a night if I drink water after 6. I never used to but after having an 11 lb baby I think my bladder somehow shrunk or something. I find I don’t get up as much (if at all) if I take melatonin before bed and don’t drink water after 6. I go to bed at 10 so you may need to adjust accordingly. For some reason other drinks don’t have the same impact as water but I pretty much only drink water most days.
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Old 09-03-2018, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Thanks for all the posts. I do take blood pressure meds, maybe that's it. I don't drink alcohol, maybe once or twice a year.
Do you by any chance drink low calorie beverages? I went to a urologist for a too frequent bladder issue. He advised me to cut out caffeine and alcohol but it turned out it was the low/no calorie beverages I was drinking. I narrowed it down to one particular sweetener - acesulfame potassium. When I stopped drinking those, things improved considerably! If your blood pressure med is a diuretic, it could also be part of the problem though.
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Old 09-03-2018, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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This seems to be a problem we have with aging,whether female or male. I can get up as many as 3 or 4 times or as few as 1. It seems to make no difference whether I have had my nightly wine, drank a glass or two of water with my nightly pills or have had nothing to drink. The only difference is the concentration. The less I have drank that day the stronger my urine is. Hubby used to have more problems than now, but he still gets up a couple of times. The good thing, both of us always are back asleep withing 5 minutes so it really is more an annoyance than a problem.
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:15 AM
 
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Do you by any chance drink low calorie beverages? I went to a urologist for a too frequent bladder issue. He advised me to cut out caffeine and alcohol but it turned out it was the low/no calorie beverages I was drinking. I narrowed it down to one particular sweetener - acesulfame potassium. When I stopped drinking those, things improved considerably! If your blood pressure med is a diuretic, it could also be part of the problem though.
Good point about the diet beverages. I never really paid attention to the type of low-cal sweetener, although I switched at home to stevia, thinking that because it is "natural," it's better for me. I usually get Diet Coke (the $1 size at Mcdonald's) when I'm thirsty on the road, and I use stevia at home. My doctor said I would lose more weight if I stopped using fake sweeteners, I'm not sure yet about that. I might give it a try. (sigh) As far as as caffeine goes, I usually only have one cup of real coffee (not decaf) in the morning, so can't imagine that would influence me at night. I also notice that if I have not had a bowel movement (and I'm often constipated) I tend to urinate more often. Life (and bodies) are odd, aren't they (we)?
Not to get too off, but I listen to Dr. Radio on Sirius xm in my car sometimes, and I love it when they explain things. There is so much to discover, doctors are finding new and better ways of doing things all the time (even though I don't particularly "trust" doctors).

Love you guys! Thanks for your answers!!!!!
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:19 AM
 
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Do you by any chance drink low calorie beverages? I went to a urologist for a too frequent bladder issue. He advised me to cut out caffeine and alcohol but it turned out it was the low/no calorie beverages I was drinking. I narrowed it down to one particular sweetener - acesulfame potassium. When I stopped drinking those, things improved considerably! If your blood pressure med is a diuretic, it could also be part of the problem though.
Now come to think of it, I do make a low-cal drink at home (unfortunately I like it) using a ready-made mix. I MAY switch (sigh) to seltzer, OR maybe just plain water with lemon. I like water with lemon, but if I want to enjoy my drink more, I like seltzer water with lemon. (sigh again)
OK, I will work on cutting out all fake sweeteners from my diet. (sigh. I do a lot of sighing...)
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:56 AM
 
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So what suggestions do you have for those afflicted with frequent urination at night when you're trying to sleep? From what I'm reading, it seems the body produces urine whether you drink water or not. They suggest stop drinking by 4 p.m. If you don't drink water then the urine can get more concentrated, but the body still produces it. I have to get up several times in the night to urinate and it ruins my sleep.
Have you talked to your MD?

There are meds for OAB
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