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Is it normal that I get up to pee several times during the night?

It can interfere with your sleep but it is a quite common condition.

By Sally Wadyka Oct 18, 2013 11:59AM
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The answer really depends mostly on how old you are. “When you’re young, it’s normal to get up zero to one times a night,” says Tobias S. Kohler, MD, MPH, a urologist and associate professor at Southern Illinois University school of medicine. “But as you age, it’s not uncommon to find yourself getting up to go to the bathroom more often.”
Several things could be going on that make you need to pee frequently. “The kidneys lose their ability to concentrate urine so rather than being able to hold it 6 to 8 hours, you’ll have the urge to eliminate sooner,” explains Tobias.

Plus, around age 50, most men start to experience some degree of enlargement of the prostate. That puts pressure on the urethra and in turn the bladder becomes more sensitive—so a smaller amount of urine will trigger the urge to go.

Chances are, it’s a benign (albeit, annoying) condition. But if frequent urination is becoming disruptive, it’s worth seeing your doctor for a prostate exam and to rule out any other possible causes.

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Oct 18, 2013 6:00PM
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It also has a lot to do with how much water you drink before bed. If you take in a lot and keep hydrated, then of course you'll be getting up at night. Your kidneys can only hold back so much.
Oct 18, 2013 7:00PM
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first old man " I get up and pee every morning at 3:00 am. "

second old man " I get up and take a good #2 at 5:00am. "

 

third old man " I take a pee AND a good #2 every morning myself at 6:00am - only I don't get up til about 8:00am !!  "

Oct 18, 2013 6:03PM
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Even when I wait the prescribed three hours of not drinking before bed, I still get up at least twice, if not more.  I don't mind so much except that sometimes it takes me an hour or more to get back to sleep again.  :(
Oct 18, 2013 6:44PM
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It is normal for me to get up during the night.  I have always had a weak/over active bladder since I was a kid.  While it does interrupt my sleep it keeps my bed dry.  Just something that I have learned to live with. 
Oct 18, 2013 6:10PM
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Before opting for prostate surgery ask your urologist about drugs such as Avodart which are designed to shrink a non-malignant enlarged prostate.  I used this prescription drug for about two years, upon the advice of my urologist, and now my prostate has returned to normal size, enabling me to "pee" and -- you know-- very much like when I was young.  Ladies take note: your guys will try to ignore these issues if they can [I did] but you needn't allow that.
Oct 18, 2013 6:18PM
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I've always had to get up once or twice a night. I was a bed-wetter until I was about 10 (if my parents didn't wake me to get up and go around midnight and again around 5 am). When my son had the same problem the doctor put him on a nightly hormone called DDAVP until he got older and was able to wake on his own when he had to go . He inherited a deficiency from me. Now that I'm getting up more often, I'm thinking of asking the doctor to put me on it.

Oct 18, 2013 6:49PM
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Sometimes eating ham (salty) at night will help you retain water and less fluid will find its way into your bladder.  Definitely stop drinking fluids 2 hours before bed time.   Force yourself to empty your bladder right before you hit the sheets.  Hey, every little tip helps and you feel more refreshed in the morning. 
Oct 18, 2013 7:05PM
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I awaken to pee several times per night. it is very disruptive to my sleep patterns, and my wife has kicked me out of the bedroom. I've tried drinking a sixer before I go to bed to help me sleep but for some reason I keep getting up to go.
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