I get that sleeping and peeing are a contradiction in terms. But I also get that sleeping and peeing are two issues that so many people grapple with. Peeing repeatedly interrupts sleeping for so many, and uninterrupted sleep is more beneficial than most people realize.
If you think of the human body as a rechargeable battery, it is sleep that is doing the recharging. Without enough sleep our batteries will lose power over the course of decades and eventually run out altogether. Sleeping and peeing during the night is a main source of battery depletion.
Before the age of forty there is no reason we should not be able to sleep through the night, or get anywhere from 6-8 hours, without waking up to pee. After forty, as the ageing process begins to kick in, it is reasonable to wake up once a night a few nights a week. Reasonable but not necessary. The painful truth is that many people’s lives are ruled by sleeping and peeing—waking up multiple times a night to empty a bladder that should not need emptying.
I have numerous obsessions when it comes to the human body and ageing—sleeping and incontinence top the list, with a big nod to a happy psoas. When it comes to sleeping I have written numerous times about sleep positions and their effect on the body in terms of pain and injury as well as the quality of sleep.
And now let’s add peeing and sleeping to the list. Cruising around the internet for information on nocturia, the medical term for peeing and sleeping, I could not find a single reference to a connection to sleep positioning as a possible factor. It is hard for me to make any scientific pronouncements because my findings are all anecdotal but I have had numerous instances of clients alleviating these problems by changing the sleep positions and/or releasing the psoas.
If you suffer from sleeping and peeing issues there are other things to try beyond drinking less and taking medication. If you are a stomach sleeper, stop immediately. If you sleep on your side with one leg hiked up higher than the other it is sort of like sleeping on your stomach so bring your legs together. It is not a big leap for me to think the putting direct pressure on your bladder while sleeping will create the need to pee in the middle of the night.
As always I am quick to point out that this is a hypothesis without science behind it but it can’t hurt to try if you suffer from problems with peeing and sleeping.
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