Just because you’re experiencing overnight incontinence does not mean there’s nothing to be done — with the right precautions, you can manage your condition for dry, stress-free nights.
There are several different reasons you may be experiencing overnight incontinence, and several different symptoms you may notice. Taking note of when and how it occurs will help you begin successfully treating the issue.
Some adults experience something known as “nocturia,” which is an accelerated production of urine during nighttime hours. This overproduction could cause you to have the urge to urinate several times per night, since nocturnal polyuria can make a person produce more than 30 percent of their 24-hour urine volume in a single night.
Frequent urination does not always lead to bedwetting, as many people are able to wake up to use the bathroom when they feel the urge (although the disruption of the sleep schedule might cause a litany of other issues). However, people with nocturnal polyuria are more likely to miss the body’s signal and not make it to the bathroom in time.
Talk to your doctor if you begin to experience frequent urination at night. In order to give your doctor the best possible information, keep track of how often you’re getting up at night, the times you go, how much urine you typically pass, any pain or bladder control issues you might feel, and anything else that feels notable.
This is when pressure on the bladder or abdomen results in urine leakage. “Stress” does not refer to mental health, but physical stressors that could force urine to leak, such as laughing, sneezing, coughing, exercising, or sex. At night, you may experience bladder leaks when you move, cough, or sneeze.
This occurs, not due to physical issues with the bladder, but because a physical or mental impairment prevents a person from using a toilet to relieve themselves. If you are unable to get up to urinate at night, you’re experiencing functional incontinence.
Also called urinary retention or dribbling, can happen when the bladder doesn’t empty completely while urinating. Because the bladder wasn’t fully empty, urine can leak out later, while you’re sleeping.
Tips For Managing Incontinence Overnight
- Restrict fluids before bed
- Cut out irritating fluids
- Make going to the bathroom easier
- A nightlight can help you easily find the bathroom, even while groggy.
- Make sure there aren’t any obstacles you might trip over on your way.
- Wear easy-to-remove clothing, so you can easily undress to relieve yourself
- If getting up or walking to the bathroom is an issue, a bedside urinal or commode may be the answer.
- Use the right overnight incontinence pads and products
- Absorbent bedding and briefs, designed for nighttime use and protection, will help you avoid embarrassing and irritating messes at night.
- Overnight incontinence bedding pads
Whether overnight incontinence is frequent or infrequent, incontinence bedding is a simple and easy way to protect your mattress in case of an accident. A super absorbency incontinence underpad can protect your mattress and help keep you dry overnight, even if you experience a full emptying of the bladder.
Overnight Incontinence Briefs
Absorbent incontinence briefs — and overnight pull ups for adults — are the best way to keep your clothing, bedding, and skin dry if you’re frequently experiencing overnight urinary incontinence. An absorbent incontinence brief like Tena overnight underwear or Attends overnight underwear wick moisture away from the skin, preventing skin conditions and helping you stay comfortable overnight.
Overnight Incontinence Pads
If you’re experiencing small leaks or just want an extra layer of protection, incontinence bladder pads are a great solution for extra peace of mind. You can select varying degrees of absorbency, lining your regular underwear with them to absorb any leaks you might experience while you sleep.