How to Treat Nocturnal Enuresis in Adults

Nocturnal Enuresis, also known more commonly as bed wetting, is something that millions of children face every year. However, plenty of adults also suffer from this problem but due to embarrassment or shame it is not always discussed or revealed. It is estimated that approximately two percent of adults suffer from nocturnal enuresis. Adults who suffer from it may try extra hard to keep it a secret so they don't feel alienated by their peers who will not be able to understand why it happens or what exactly they are going through.

There are two types of nocturnal enuresis. The first is persistent primary nocturnal enuresis which is when an adult has had problems with bed wetting their whole life. They really haven't had any time period in their life for longer than six months where they have been able to stay dry. The second is adult onset secondary enuresis. This comes on during adulthood after no prior problems with bed wetting have been present. It may have been years of dryness before this occurs.

Adults have more symptoms when it comes to bed wetting than children because their bodies are typically already developed and an underlying cause often needs to be found. Genetic links often determine if a child or adult will have similar problems in bed wetting. Another reason some adults suffer from night time bed wetting is that they don't have enough of the anti-diuretic hormone which will tell the kidneys to produce less urine during the night. Not having enough of this hormone is a symptom of type two diabetes as well.

Once the bed wetting problem is identified and understood, treatment can begin. If there is not enough of the hormone, limiting intake of beverages such as caffeine and alcohol may help in steps you can take yourself to limit bed wetting occurrences. Be sure that you continue to drink the same amount of fluids during the day but try to get them consumed earlier in the day.

Bladder training is yet another method of trying to combat bed-wetting. It is done by drinking large amounts of fluid and then holding the liquid in by avoiding using the bathroom for anywhere from two to three hours. If this is done continuously the capacity of the bladder is slowly increased and it may lessen occurrences of bed wetting.

Something that may seem a bit awkward but has been shown to work is a bed wetting alarm system. The Alarms exist in different ways with some vibrating and others causing sounds. The adult is woken up from their sleep and then is able to complete the urination in the bathroom. They can then go back to sleep. This is another type of training that will teach you to wake up at night when the urge happens before wetting happens.

A simpler method of training may be to set an alarm and try to go to the bathroom during that time period, again, until the body can teach itself to read the signals. Get more details about Nocturnal Enuresis by visiting our site: