Research shows what to do to go to the toilet less at night

Research shows what to do to go to the toilet less at night
Research shows what to do to go to the toilet less at night

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If you want to make fewer trips to the bathroom to urinate during the night, you’d do well to limit the amount of salt you put in your food, according to a new Japanese scientific study. Nocturia affects over 50% of men and women over the age of 50, and occurs in most people over the age of 60. For some it is pure suffering, as it seriously disturbs their sleep. A not inconsiderable percentage of people under the age of 50 also wake up one or more times to urinate.

The accumulated sleep disorder can lead to other problems, such as chronic stress, irritable mood, permanent fatigue during the day, etc., negatively affecting the quality of life. Nocturia can have various causes and, according to the new study, reducing salt consumption can significantly reduce excessive urination, not only in the evenings, but also during the day.

Nagasaki University researchers, led by Dr. Matsuo Tomohiro, who made the announcement at the European Society of Urology conference in London, studied 321 men and women who put enough salt in their food (the Japanese generally tend to eat more salty foods from Westerners). Salt restriction lasted for 12 weeks and its amount in the participants’ bodies was continuously monitored with biochemical analyses.

Those who reduced their average daily salt intake from 10.7 grams to 8 grams reduced nighttime bathroom visits from an average of 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times. Those – the control group for comparison’s sake – instead increased their average salt consumption from 9.6 to 11 grams, also increased their nocturnal urination from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.

“This is the first study to show how much salt consumption affects the frequency of nocturnal urination, so it needs to be confirmed by larger studies. But there is the possibility that, with a simple modification in diet, it is possible to significantly improve the quality of life of many people, as nocturia is a real problem for many, especially as they age,” said Tomohiro.

Sleep apnea and nocturia

Furthermore, another study, presented at the same international conference, shows that reducing obstructive sleep apnea can reduce nocturia. Research confirms the relationship between sleep apnea and nighttime urination. 2% to 4% of people over the age of 50 suffer from sleep apnea. In severe vertigo, patients must wear a special mask while sleeping, which increases the internal air pressure in their throat.

Dutch researchers at Maastricht University Medical Center studied 256 patients who at some point started wearing such a mask. The study showed that after using the mask and improving their breathing in the evenings, the frequency of nocturia decreased in two-thirds of patients (65%).

Indicatively, of the 77 people who on average went to the bathroom twice during the night, after using the mask 32 no longer urinated even once during the night.

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