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Definition of Nocturia

Nocturia is when you wake up numerous times during the night and urinate.  It is a common cause of insomnia, especially among older adults.  It is also common in persons with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Nocturia should be distinguished from Bedwetting.  With Nocturia you are awakened with the need to urinate as opposed to wetting the bed during sleep (Bedwetting). 


Causes of Nocturia

There are many causes of nocturia such as a urinary tract infections, prostate problems and many more.  Dr. Gingras will take a thourough history to determine the underlying cause of your Nocturia.  She may order a Polysomnogram (PSG) which measures numerous physiologic processes during sleep to determine whether you have an underlying sleep disorder that may be causing your Nocturia.


Treatment of Nocturia

Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your Nocturia.  This will be determined after thorough history and testing.


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