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Old 11-15-2019, 05:45 AM
 
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Excessive humidity does not make you sick, unless like Northrick said, there is something in your forced air system that you're reacting to (if you have forced air)

I get headaches and a bloody nose from dryness caused by low humidity in winter (and too much AC in summer). I may feel miserable for an hour or two, but I'm not sick.

I also drink a good amount of fluids daily and rarely get up to pee. I had started drinking an electrolyte drink over the summer (like NUUN) and found I was peeing 2-3 hours after going to bed, so I stopped drinking it throughout my evening. But my body seems to have gotten used to it as I'm not having the same issue any more.

I agree with the others that you should look into reducing the amount of times you get up. Do you take any supplements or food that could be considered a diuretic? Soda, chocolate?
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Old 11-15-2019, 05:49 AM
 
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Excessive humidity does not make you sick, unless like Northrick said, there is something in your forced air system that you're reacting to (if you have forced air)

I get headaches and a bloody nose from dryness caused by low humidity in winter (and too much AC in summer). I may feel miserable for an hour or two, but I'm not sick.

I also drink a good amount of fluids daily and rarely get up to pee. I had started drinking an electrolyte drink over the summer (like NUUN) and found I was peeing 2-3 hours after going to bed, so I stopped drinking it throughout my evening. But my body seems to have gotten used to it as I'm not having the same issue any more.

I agree with the others that you should look into reducing the amount of times you get up. Do you take any supplements or food that could be considered a diuretic? Soda, chocolate?
Excessive humidity can absolutely make you sick if you are allergic to dust and mold. Dust mites thrive in humidity over 50% and mold starts to grow. If you have allergies, this can eventually cause sinusitis/sinus infection. With humidity below 30%, dust becomes stirred up and people with dust allergy also have more problems. People with a dust allergy (I have a bad allergy, so I know) should aim to keep humidity between 30-50% at all times.
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Old 11-15-2019, 06:02 AM
 
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Excessive humidity can absolutely make you sick if you are allergic to dust and mold. Dust mites thrive in humidity over 50% and mold starts to grow. If you have allergies, this can eventually cause sinusitis/sinus infection. With humidity below 30%, dust becomes stirred up and people with dust allergy also have more problems. People with a dust allergy (I have a bad allergy, so I know) should aim to keep humidity between 30-50% at all times.

I would say that's a reaction to mold and dust mites then. I guess it's splitting hairs. And I do have allergies to mold and dust mites myself - and lots of other things! But I still prefer high humidity to low - I'm lucky if I can keep my house at 20% in our winters. Summer is a whole other issue.
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:28 AM
 
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That has been that way for more years than I can remember.

I can't imagine something could be done about it short of surgery as it's literally been that way every night for over a decade.

An uninterrupted night of sleep would obviously solve all of the problems, but I'm not sure if that's realistic.
You're a guy, right? Most men develop prostate issues as they get older. There ARE supplements that MIGHT help...saw palmetto comes to mind.


I don't know...maybe it'd be helpful to try and go to bed a little later? Maybe try it on the weekend, so as not to cause work problems.
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:34 AM
 
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Do you have a thermometer/humidity meter in your room? That might give you some hint. A lot of people over humidify/overheat their bedroom and that can make it uncomfortable. I don’t change the clothes I wear to bed because then I end up way too hot.

I used to wake up many times at night to pee and I think it was my bed+mattress. It was just old and saggy and causing back/neck pain. It had nothing to do with my bladder at all. Now that I have a better bed, I usually go once a night unless I drink too much before bed or am anxious/sick.
Last night again I woke up after the 2nd time to pee and could not go back to sleep.

I did go to sleep earlier than usual, so after a COUPLE of hours of tossing, I was able to snag an extra hour of sleep. So, I'm not great, but better than I would have been without that extra hour.

The thermostat was set incorrectly so I had turn down the heat in the middle of the night. It does seem that it is a bit easier to sleep when the temperature is colder.

I used to dealing with random nights of sleep deprivation, but if it gets to be a regular thing, I don't know what to do. That will be a nightmare.

Will look into all solutions.
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:45 AM
 
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You're a guy, right? Most men develop prostate issues as they get older. There ARE supplements that MIGHT help...saw palmetto comes to mind.


I don't know...maybe it'd be helpful to try and go to bed a little later? Maybe try it on the weekend, so as not to cause work problems.
Yes, I'm a guy.

44 year old male.

Any recs for medicines OTC or prescription that effectively treat nocturia are welcome.
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Old 11-15-2019, 08:28 AM
 
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I sleep like a baby, even if I get up 1-2 times a night, I keep the lights off and go right back to sleep.

I go through hot/cold spells, I do better if it's chilly, I may toss my blankets off now and then through the night. My bed is comfortable, I have a topper with a comforter on top, otherwise it gets too hot. I use those supersoft blankets and in winter even cover my pillows with them.

I don't sit in bed and watch tv or read, just sleep. This is probably unusual, but I always have some sort of noise, usually an audiobook running on my phone all night. I listen to it for about two minutes and fall right asleep. I keep the phone face down so I'm not bothered by the light.

I've heard that magnesium could help sleep, when I've taken it I also had lots of dreams. Good luck!
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Old 11-15-2019, 10:03 AM
 
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Yes, I'm a guy.

44 year old male.

Any recs for medicines OTC or prescription that effectively treat nocturia are welcome.

Yes, if there is a medical cause, but you haven't identified a medical cause.

If it's lifestyle factors, those can be changed and/or managed.

Waking up twice in 7 hours over the last 10 years already is a nightmare. Especially at age 44. So it has been going on since age 34? Have you never consulted a doctor about this?
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Old 11-15-2019, 11:42 AM
 
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Yes, if there is a medical cause, but you haven't identified a medical cause.

If it's lifestyle factors, those can be changed and/or managed.

Waking up twice in 7 hours over the last 10 years already is a nightmare. Especially at age 44. So it has been going on since age 34? Have you never consulted a doctor about this?
Nothing too crazy.

I don't drink alcohol that often, and don't even drink coffee on the weekdays.

I did used to drink alcohol more often and that may be the cause.

My sister is a doctor and told me it was relatively normal, and that was many years ago.

It's worth seeing a doctor I suppose.
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Old 11-15-2019, 12:06 PM
 
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Last night again I woke up after the 2nd time to pee and could not go back to sleep.

I did go to sleep earlier than usual, so after a COUPLE of hours of tossing, I was able to snag an extra hour of sleep. So, I'm not great, but better than I would have been without that extra hour.

The thermostat was set incorrectly so I had turn down the heat in the middle of the night. It does seem that it is a bit easier to sleep when the temperature is colder.

I used to dealing with random nights of sleep deprivation, but if it gets to be a regular thing, I don't know what to do. That will be a nightmare.

Will look into all solutions.
I hope you saw my solutions to this issue in #7 above, L Tryptophan and B6. I wake up more than 2times nightly and I'm 81 and these 2 additions put me right back to a good long deep sleep.

How many around here can say they sleep a good 10 hrs of restorative sleep?
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