Those who have trouble getting to sleep have trouble staying asleep thanks to bathroom visits
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/22/2013 -- Having to get up at night to use the restroom can worsen the already poor sleeping schedule for older people who suffer from insomnia, according to a new study.
The treatment for the problem, known as nocturia, might help to improve the sleep quality of many of these seniors, say researchers. The study included both men and women who suffer from insomnia. The sleep patterns of each regarding their waking up to urinate was evaluated over a two-week period. The investigators found that over 50% of all the nighttime awakenings were associated to having to urinate.
The researchers also noted that the more often a person got up to use the restroom at night, the poorer the self-reported quality-of-sleep totals they gave was. The study was published online in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
The study authors noted nighttime awakenings were 11.5% longer for nights when people had to use the restroom. Waking up during the night to use the bathroom, however, had no effect on the totality of sleep one had.
"The results raise the clinical question of treating nocturia to help individuals with insomnia," study lead author Jamie Zeitzer, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University, said in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. "
That is, could much of the insomnia or poor sleep that occurs in older individuals be alleviated by treatment of nocturia? Of course, the opposite is quite possible -- that proper treatment of insomnia might reduce the occurrence of nocturia."
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