Nocturnal enuresis or bedwetting is the involuntary release of urine during sleep. Bedwetting can be a symptom of bladder control problems like incontinence or overactive bladder or more severe structural issues, like an enlarged prostate or bladder cancer. Studies shows that 1 to 2 percent of adults wet the bed, though researchers think that statistic is underreported due to the embarrassing nature of the problem. Rather than hiding your secret, you should explore effective treatments that can help lessen the likelihood of bedwetting and reduce the anxiety of going to sleep at night. NOTE: This section focuses on bedwetting when it affects adults.
Adult bedwetting and nocturia
Adult Bed Wetting (Nocturnal Enuresis): Treatment and Causes
Bed-wetting is often associated with childhood. Indeed, up to one-quarter of children experience problems with nocturnal enuresis, or urinating while asleep. Most children grow out of the condition when their bladders become larger and better developed. Research suggests bed-wetting occurs in 1 to 2 percent of adults. However, the number may be higher. Some adults are likely embarrassed or unwilling to talk with their doctor about the problem. If you experience occasional or one-time bed-wetting as an adult, you likely have nothing to worry about.
Causes of Bed-Wetting in Adults and How to Treat It
There's no shame in recognizing that you have a problem with adult bedwetting. In fact, accepting that your body is not functioning the way you'd like it to is the first step towards treatment - and you'll be happy to hear that real, effective treatments are available. Simply put, there's no reason why anyone shouldn't have a dry night - and that includes you. It's worth noting that bedwetting in adults is actually different than what children go through. And while that might not remove the embarrassment, you must know that nocturnal enuresis is involuntary and not your fault.
Bedwetting can affect both children and adults. Young children will often grow out of it naturally, but some people may need to take extra steps to treat and prevent bedwetting. This article will look at possible causes of bedwetting in children and adults, some treatment options, and when to see a doctor.