The more I write these blogs, the more I learn. Today I am learning about what nocturia is. Now I will relay to you that it is a condition that many of us experience. It is when we wake during the night always having to urinate. As people age, nocturia becomes more and more common.
Nocturia can affect both men and women. It can happen for different reasons for each gender, however.
No matter the reason, it is because of nocturia that many elders feel sleep deprived. When this happenstance occurs, it begins to impact their quality of life as we can all imagine.
The cause of nocturia – especially in seniors – may have many dimensions to it. For example, men experiencing an enlarged prostrate often complain about nocturia. Males and females alike who suffer from an increased or excessive production of urine may experience this as a result of renal tubular dysfunction or from fluid mobilization from their lower extremities. The reason for this may be because of the absence of overt pitting edema which can be determined with a physical examination of your client by their health care professional.
On the other hand, just knowing that your client may be suffering from nocturia simply because of changes in sleep habits, sleep apnea or simply because of Overactive Bladder Disorder, OAB, may just help them to realize that you are in it for the long haul because you show them with your knowledge you believe that With Age Comes Respect.