Everything You Need to Know About Nocturnal Enuresis

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Did you wake up to wet sheets in the middle of the night recently? If so, you’re not alone. Over 5 million Americans struggle with adult bedwetting. Nocturnal enuresis is known as involuntary urination that disrupts one from sleep. If your doctor has recently diagnosed you with nocturnal enuresis then you’ll want to know all you can about this condition. We’ll also explain other tips on how to clean urine the best ways possible and the best incontinence supplies to use along the way, so you can stay asleep and dry as much as possible. 

Causes of Adult Bedwetting 

  • Overactive bladder muscles-When muscles in the bladder(detrusor muscles) are overactive, adult bed-wetting is more likely to occur. According to NAFC, 70-80% of adult bedwetting patients have overactive bladder muscles. 

  • Heredity - Children with both parents that were previous bedwetters are 77% more likely of becoming a bedwetter as well.

  • Specific medications- Sleeping pills or any other hypnotics, psychiatric medications like risperidone and clozapine can increase bedwetting in adults. 

  • Smaller bladder capacity- People with bladders that have a smaller functional bladder capacity (FBC) aren't able to hold much urine so they tend to have primary nocturnal enuresis. 

How Nocturnal Enuresis Diagnosed?

  • Urinalysis – Analysis of urine by physical, chemical and microscopical means to test for the presence of disease

  • Uroflowmetry – A test that measures the volume of urine released from the body, the speed and how long it takes to release

  • Physical examination 

  • Ultrasound of kidneys and bladder

What You Can Do to Get the Best Treatment

  • Record when accidents occur (during the night or the day)

  • Record beverages that you drink at night (sugary, carbonated drinks, alcoholic drinks)

  • Record the number of nights that are dry vs. night when wet

  • Record the strength of the urinary stream - is the stream strong or is it mostly dribbles? 

How to Manage Nocturnal Enuresis in Your Personal Life 

  • Get comfortable talking about the issue with friends, family, and your doctor. The more you can talk about it the better.

  • Join support groups or find others that are experiencing this condition too, talking to others experiencing the condition helps diminish the stigma surrounding this type of bladder leakage and support you along your journey. The internet is full of great support organizations like The Simon Foundation for Continence. There is an article written by a man with nocturnal enuresis that explains his perspective managing the condition. 

Overnight Incontinence Products that Help Manage Adult Bedwetting

Best Ways to Clean Urine from Clothing or Bedding

  • Blot the urine stain with a microfiber cloth 

  • Use solution diluted with white vinegar on the affected sheets or bedding and let sit for 15-20 minutes

  • Follow these other home remedy tips for cleaning urine

  • Use special sprays for cleaning urine and eliminating odors

Topics to Discuss with Your Doctor

  • Fluid intake 

  • Voiding scheduling or monitoring your voids daily

  • Foods or drinks that you may need to eliminate from your diet

  • Alarms to remind you to use the restroom 

If you have issues with leakage at night be sure to consult your doctor first. It’s important to tell your doctor all of your symptoms and be honest with him or her with what’s going on. The more you can talk about your symptoms the better treatment you’ll get in the near future.

Absorbent products such as adult diapers, liners, and mattress protectors are great to have between treatments.

Call us at (800) 563-0161 to find your best product. We have products specifically designed for overnight protection that will help keep you dry, comfortable and asleep!