Causes Of Adult Bed-Wetting
There are many different potential causes of adult bed-wetting. Let's take a look at each of them in detail.
Let's first debunk a myth: when we talk about a small bladder, it isn't technically smaller than that of others - It simply feels fuller to you at lower volumes.
In other words: your bladder might be functioning as if it's smaller. It is also often described as an overactive bladder .
If that is the case, it could be the reason why you need to go to the bathroom more frequently than others.
In turn, it could also be the reason for your nocturnal enuresis.
Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) is what tells your kidneys to ease up on the production of urine. Normally, your body will produce more ADH during the night in order for you to sleep better.
However, some people either don't produce enough ADH or simply don't respond to it well.
Especially when combined with other factors, such as other problems with sleep or other bladder issues during the day, an imbalance in ADH may be the culprit for your adult bed-wetting .
Tumors in and around your prostate or bladder may be what is causing the disturbances in your urinary tract.
This is one of the most severe causes of adult bed-wetting, and also one that should be treated immediately.
We would like to remind you once again that if you are experiencing this issue frequently to consult with your local doctor as soon as possible.
The muscles that control your bladder are called detrusor muscles. The fuller your bladder is, the more they relax and vice-versa.
If your detrusor muscles contract at the wrong time, it will make it very difficult for you to control when you pee. This usually happens in connection with alcohol, caffeine, or some types of medication .
These substances may cause distorted signals to be sent between your brain and your bladder.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which you breathe irregularly during the night.
A study found that a whopping 7% of people with sleep apnea also suffer from adult bed-wetting. In addition, it also found that your bed-wetting may get worse as your sleep apnea also gets worse.
If your blood sugar levels are high, your body tells your kidneys to manage your sugar levels by increasing the amount of urine it produces.
This is called diabetes mellitus , and can lead to an increased need to urinate – especially during the night.
Some types of prescription meds are known to make you go to the bathroom more frequently and increase bladder contractions.
Usually, the medications which may have this side effect are antipsychotics and sleep aids. Before taking any type of medication, please make sure to consult with your doctor beforehand.
Some neurological disorders may make it difficult for you to control your bladder, such as:
- Parkinson's disease
- Seize disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
Do you know whether anyone else in your family has had similar issues with bed-wetting? Adult bed-wetting is quite commonly shared from one generation to another.
While it is still unclear today which genes are responsible, it is clear that you are much more likely to suffer from bed-wetting as an adult if a close relative of yours has as well.
Problems With Your Urinary Tract
Blockage in your urinary tract might be another reason why you might be suffering from adult bed-wetting.
Blockages can be caused by tumors, bladder or kidney stones. In addition, another common cause is a urinary tract infection (UTI).
This is when your bladder becomes very irritated and inflamed, which leads to involuntary urination during the night.
Physical Changes In Your Body
When you urinate, it comes from your kidneys through your ureter to your bladder.
Once it reaches the bladder, your body usually contracts it to send your urine through your urethra and out of your body.
If any of those steps is in any way harmed, hindered or narrowed, you may face difficulties in keeping control over your urination.