After a long day of work at the office, you finally rest your back for a comfortable night’s sleep. You’re sleeping peacefully, and then, suddenly you feel a warm wetness between your legs – you’ve wet your bed. Again.
It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep is essential for your body and mind to recover and for your overall health and wellbeing. But with overnight incontinence, even what’s supposed to be a restful and enjoyable experience can turn into a nightmare, a distant dream.
Overnight incontinence, or nighttime incontinence, or bedwetting, or nocturia is wetting your bed unconsciously during the night.
Overnight incontinence can be very tough on a person emotionally and psychologically– missing nights of sleep, the worry of wetting the bed, having to wash the bedsheets and remake the bed, inconveniencing your partner and family members, dehydrating yourself to prevent bedwetting, the list goes on and on.
But there always is a solution. Here’s a few tips from us on managing night-time incontinence.
Tips for Managing Overnight Incontinence
Drinking plenty of fluids
DO NOT DEHYDRATE YOURSELF! Just reduce your water intake a few hours before your bedtime which can help prevent unwanted frequent urination at night. On the other hand, dehydrating yourself throughout the day can irritate your bladder and cause even more leaks.
Avoid bladder irritants
Tea, coffee, soda, and alcohol can all irritate your bladder and cause you to produce more urine than normal. Cutting them down should improve your condition.
Empty the bladder before bedtime
Emptying your bladder before bedtime drastically reduces the chances of accidental leaks and bedwetting.
Make going to the bathroom easier
People with urge incontinence, a type of incontinence where you feel sudden, strong urge to urinate followed by involuntary loss of urine, wet themselves because they couldn’t reach the bathroom in time.
Make some arrangements to make going to the bathroom easier, such as installing a nightlight, shifting your bed near to the bathroom with less obstacles in the way, wearing easy-to-remove clothes to relieve yourself quickly, etc.
Use overnight incontinence diapers
Overnight adult diapers are specifically made for overnight incontinence which can last you through the night. Friends Overnight Adult Diapers for incontinence can provide you with up to 16 hours of protection against wetness and leakage. They are:
designed with dual-core padding for super-absorption.
with cloth-like breathable sides to allow passage of air.
equipped with a colour-changing wetness indicator
and anti-bacterial for enhanced skin protection from rashes, itching, irritation, and infections.
Use Underpads to protect your bed
Even in case of unpreventable accidents, underpads can absorb everything and keep the mattress and you feeling dry throughout the night. Friends Classic and Premium Disposable Underpads are soft, super-absorbent, anti-bacterial, anti-odour, and non-woven to keep you comfortable all night long! They measure 60 x 90 cm and are available in packs of 10, 20, and 120 which you can buy online directly from our website.
If you suffer from overnight incontinence, it is recommended that you talk with your doctor about your nighttime accidents and discuss treatment options.
It can be a difficult subject to bring up and discuss openly, but don’t be embarrassed about wanting to live a better life. Moreover, untreated nighttime urination can only get worse over time. The sooner you diagnose the source of your incontinence and your frequent night-time bathroom visits, the faster you can work towards learning how to stop bedwetting, and return to your dry, uninterrupted, and peaceful night’s sleep.
Why am I leaking urine at night?
This condition is called overnight incontinence. Overnight incontinence can be caused by a variety of factors such as bladder muscle weakness, urinary tract infections, neurological disorders, certain medications, prostate enlargement, etc.
How do I stop incontinence at night?
The best way to stop incontinence at night is to identify and treat the underlying cause of the condition. Some strategies to manage nighttime incontinence include limiting fluid intake before bedtime, emptying your bladder before sleep, and performing pelvic floor exercises to strengthen your muscles and using adult diapers.
How do you deal with nighttime incontinence in the elderly?
Nighttime incontinence can be especially challenging for the elderly. Strategies to manage this condition may include using absorbent products such as adult diapers or underpads, setting up a regular toileting schedule, and making modifications to the sleeping area to allow for easier access to the bathroom.
What is the best overnight protection for incontinence?
The best overnight protection for incontinence can vary depending on the individual's needs and preferences. However, some products that are commonly recommended for overnight use include high-absorbency adult diapers and underpads such as the ones made by Friends Adult Diapers.
Why does incontinence happen at night?
There can be many reasons why incontinence happens at night, including weakened bladder muscles, hormonal changes, urinary tract infections, and certain medications. To find out what’s causing you to leak urine at night, you need to visit your doctor.