Urologist Questions Urination

I have to get up to pee throughout the night and it interrupts my sleep. Is something wrong?

I can't get a good night's sleep anymore because I have to get up to pee multiple times during the night. Is there something wrong?

8 Answers

If getting up more than 2 times per night, that is abnormal. Most commonly due to enlarged prostate in men, or overactive bladder in women. If a heavy snoring, may need sleep study.
Getting up 2 or more times per night is called nocturia. Nocturia can be caused by many different things both related to your urinary tract (ex. benign prostatic hypertrophy) and/or could be related to an underlying medical condition such as diabetes or obstructive sleep apnea. It is definitely something worth mentioning to your primary care physician and may also warrant a visit to a urologist.

you need to see a urologist
It can be a problem or it can be normal. When people get older, it is normal to wake up at night to urinate - one time in your 60s, twice in your 70s and 3 times in your 80. In addition, if you drink a lot of fluids in the evening after dinner, you will wake up to urinate, especially if you drink alcohol or caffiene at night. It can also be affected by medications.

Eric C Darby, MD

The average 70 year old man gets up 1.5 times a night to go pee. If your getting up more than once there may be something you can do about it. Most of the time (but not always) it's just benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and be treated with meds or minor surgery if meds don't work. You should talk to your doctor.
I always recommend a good urologic work up, if there is any change in urinary habits. If it is bothersome to wake up at night, there are medicines that can help you. See your local urologist, you will be glad you did.

There are many potential reasons for that issue, including prostate problems. It should be checked out by your physician.

Chris Love