Waking Up to Pee? How to Stop Late-Night Trips to the Bathroom (2022)

Waking up in the middle of the night to pee might be enough to leave you feeling groggy the next day — especially if you can’t fall back asleep after. And if you drank a lot of liquid before bed, a one-time bathroom break isn’t a big deal, but if you’re waking up nightly — or even multiple times a night — to use the bathroom, it can start a domino-effect with your sleep. Drink, pee, cycle, repeat, and your sleep quality and overall well-being can start to suffer.

“The distinction – which is hard to do sometimes – is to distinguish between people that wake up for some other reason, and because they’re awake, they go pee. Or is it actually their bladder that’s waking them up?” says Dr. Atul Malhotra, a sleep medicine specialist and professor of medicine at UC San Diego Health. “They’re kind of two different things. Are you waking up with a full bladder, or are you waking up because of a full bladder?”

Fortunately, there are ways to stop waking up to pee once and for all at night.

How to Get Back to Sleep After a Middle-of-the-Night Bathroom Visit

Before we dive into how to stop waking up, there are things you can do to minimize the impact of a late-night pee break. Most importantly, your nighttime bathroom trip should stay lowkey. Avoid turning on the bathroom lights, if possible, ideally by using blue-light-free nightlights (e.g. not your phone), or rely on moonlight to light your path as you slowly make your way to the bathroom.

Take your time to avoid getting amped up, and don’t stress about it, or you’ll risk a bit of adrenaline that will make it harder to fall back asleep. If you’re worried about slipping, be sure to wear slippers with friction and not socks.

And as you crawl back into bed, try to avoid drinking more water or getting distracted by anything in your room. Really focus on relaxing and falling back asleep with a mind free of distractions. If you need help, try box breathing or sleep affirmations.

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7 Lifestyle Remedies to Avoid Nighttime Bathroom Visits

If you are ready to halt those pee breaks once and for all, here's where to start:

Pee before bed

For people who only wake up once at night, this is the most useful tip to incorporate into your bedtime routine. Drinking water earlier in the day will help combat midnight dehydration, and emptying your bladder before bed can do wonders for preventing nighttime urination.

Limiting fluid intake two hours before bed

“Some people drink tea …and drink water just before they go to sleep because ‘I have a dry mouth’ or something, and then they’re getting up to pee all night,” Malhotra says. “Sometimes, changing the timing of fluid intake can be quite helpful.”

Skipping afternoon caffeine or late-night drinks

Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, which make you pee. “Even people who think they might sleep better after they’ve had a few drinks, they typically wake up after the alcohol’s worn off,” says Malhotra.

If you must drink something, skip alcohol and caffeine, and stick to water.

Holding back on salt

Small, limited studies show that reducing salt intake can help with nocturia and overactive bladders. Although the “why” behind this tip is unknown — as salt is not a “cause” of nocturia — researcher recommend cutting back on salty food because it’s low-risk and has other positive health outcomes for blood pressure, stress, and weight.

Pelvic floor exercises

Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles around your bladder could support your ability to sleep through the night without waking to pee, particularly for older adults and women who’ve been pregnant. Kegels are exercises where you squeeze and hold your pelvic floor muscles for three seconds before releasing.

The National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease recommends doing Kegels three times a day for 10 to 15 sets. Avoid squeezing your stomach or legs at the same time as that could put more pressure on your bladder.

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Elevating your feet before sleeping

Putting your feet up before bedtime may force fluid that accumulated in your ankles back into your bloodstream, so you can pee it out before going to sleep. This is most effective for people with heart failure. Alternatively, you can wear compression socks to help redistribute fluid back through your body.

Changing the timing of your medication

Some medication makes you pee. With your doctor’s permission, consider taking it earlier in the day.

“With heart failure, we give people diuretics or water pills to help them pee, and so depending on the timing of the water pill, people could be awake all night peeing,” Malhotra says. “Sometimes moving the water pill, the timing of it, can help a lot.”

How to Stop Peeing Multiple Times a Night

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The more frequent your bathroom visits, the more disrupted your sleep becomes. When that is routinely the case, chances are it's nocturia, a condition where you wake up to go to the bathroom more than once a night. Although some cases of nocturia can be easily solved by the remedies above, long-term nocturia may require more support, especially when it results in poor sleep quality and insomnia.

“Many people arbitrarily relate the symptom to urinary issues only,” says Dr. Roger Dmochowski, professor of urology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. “However, many of the patients in this population have multiple coincident issues – for instance, an enlarged prostate and sleep apnea.”

People who have polyuria — which causes excess urine production and is often tied to diabetes, poor kidney function, diuretics, and alcohol and caffeine consumption — might also experience late-night peeing, multiple times a night.

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Nocturia is often seen in conjunction with other factors, including:

  • Older age, especially after 50:Approximately 50% of people in their 60s, andas many as80% of older adultsget up at least twice per night to use the bathroom, according to research.“Nighttime urination increases with each decade of life, and in general, above the age of 50, once-a-night urination is considered a normal finding,” Dmochowski says. “There is clearly an aging phenomenon associated with the symptom.”
  • Sleep apnea:The sleep disorder where people stop breathing multiple times per night, briefly awakening for a few seconds after each incident, can trigger nocturia.“It’s thought that surges in blood pressure you get with sleep apnea affect the kidneys, and that can make more urine, and you end up with nocturia as a result,” Malhotra says.If you awaken enough, you might realize you need to use the restroom, and associate that as the reason you awoke.
  • High blood pressure:People who havehigh blood pressureoruncontrolled hypertensionare also more likely to experience nocturia. “Heart and lung issues... interfere with the ability of the body to circulate fluid well,” Dmochowski says. “Because so many people do have heart disease, nocturia is very commonly seen in these populations.” If adjusting the timing of your medication doesn’t help, talk to your doctor about other next steps.
  • Pregnancy:Feeling like you need to pee all the time is a commonside effectof pregnancy, especiallydeeper intogestation,when the womb presses against the bladder. Kegels during pregnancy can be an effective way to help prevent leakage, however nocturia also tends to go away three months after birth.
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI):Having a UTI changes your bladder capacity and increases thenumberof times you need to pee.Nocturia can also happen as a result ofenlarged prostates, an overactive bladder, and bladder stones.

Possible Medical Treatments for Nighttime Awakening

If these lifestyle changes aren’t effective, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor. Long-term nocturia can disrupt your sleep quality, which has other impacts on your health. “There are now several well-done studies that suggest increased complications associated with this condition, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and recently, some Japanese studies... suggest, with time, increased mortality,” Dmochowski says.

Tailoring a treatment for nocturia often depends on the cause and other conditions you may have, however your doctor may suggest:

A CPAP machine, if you have sleep apnea

One recent study found that when people with sleep apnea and nocturia began using a CPAP machine, almost half of them were able to reduce theirnumber of nightly bathroom visits.

“In my experience, the most useful intervention, actually, is the use of a CPAP machine at night, with sometimes dramatic improvement in the number of nighttime urination events,” Dmochowski says.

Medication, as a last resot

Desmopression (to help kidneys produce less urine), anticholinergic medicines (to strengthen bladder muscles), and diuretic medicines (to help urine production and high blood pressure) are some common medical treatments. However, most doctors prefer these to be a last resort for nocturia and prefer to treat the underlying cause instead.

“In those cases, treating the underlying insomnia is what’s required, rather than treating the bladder, which might be an innocent bystander,” Malhotra says. “Nocturia might seem like a nuisance, or it might seem trivial, but in some cases, it’s a marker of more serious conditions. If you think you might have a problem, go talk to your doctor, because it may be a symptom of a bigger issue that can be addressed.”

The good news is that nocturia often improves with long-term lifestyle changes, including sleep hygiene. Research suggests these several sleep tips can help reduce nocturia:

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  • Spendingfewerawake hours in bed,as longer periods of being awake can increase chances of needing to pee.
  • Minimize noiseandblock out lightto avoid being woken up at night.
  • Keeping your room at a comfortable temperature of 69 degreesFahrenheit.
  • Taking 1 to 2 milligrams ofmelatonin, whichisshownto help with older adults.

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FAQs

How do I stop my bathroom tripping at night? ›

Lifestyle changes
  1. Restrict fluid intake at night. Drink plenty of fluids during the day (especially water), but limit fluids 2-4 hours before you go to sleep. ...
  2. Manage your use of diuretics. ...
  3. Elevate your legs or use compression socks. ...
  4. Enjoy afternoon naps.

What causes multiple trips to the bathroom at night? ›

Drinking too much fluid during the evening can cause you to urinate more often during the night. Caffeine and alcohol after dinner can also lead to this problem. Other common causes of urination at night include: Infection of the bladder or urinary tract.

How many times is normal to urinate at night? ›

People without nocturia can usually make it through a full night—six to eight hours of sleep—without having to use the bathroom. If you have to get up once during the night to urinate, you're likely still in the normal range. More than once can indicate a problem that will leave you feeling tired.

Why do I need to go to the toilet in the middle of the night? ›

When you are lying down or your feet are raised up, fluid is absorbed into your blood stream and removed by your kidneys. This increases the need to urinate at night. Sleep related problems: You are more likely to feel the urge to go to the toilet while you are awake.

Is there medication to stop urinating at night? ›

The drug desmopressin (DDAVP) reduces urine production at night.

What vitamin helps with bladder control? ›

Conclusions: High-dose intakes of vitamin C and calcium were positively associated with urinary storage or incontinence, whereas vitamin C and β-cryptoxanthin from foods and beverages were inversely associated with voiding symptoms.

Is it normal to wake up at night to pee? ›

About one-third of adults over age 304 make two or more nightly bathroom trips. Nocturia can affect younger people, but it becomes more common with age, especially in older men. It is estimated that nearly 50% of men in their seventies have to wake up at least twice per night to urinate.

Is peeing 3 times at night normal? ›

If you wake up often at night to pee, you might wonder if something's wrong. Most adults don't need to go to the bathroom more than once during 6-8 hours in bed. If you do, doctors call it nocturia. It might signal a problem like diabetes.

Is it normal to wake up to go to the bathroom? ›

Many people wake up at night to urinate, but you can adjust your behaviors, medications, or overall health to improve your nightly symptoms. However, nighttime urination could be your body's way of signaling another underlying issue, so don't hesitate to talk to your doctor if you have concerns.

How do I fix nuisance tripping? ›

Prevention of Nuisance tripping
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  2. Use of Electronic trip units in Protective devices.
  3. Preventing undervoltage conditions.
  4. Limiting Transformers Inrush and Motor Starting currents.
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What causes frequent bathroom trips? ›

Several factors may be linked to frequent urination, such as: Infection, disease, injury or irritation of the bladder. Conditions that increase urine production. Changes in muscles, nerves or other tissues affecting bladder function.

Why does my bathroom socket keep tripping? ›

Circuit overload occurs when more amperage flows through an electric wire or circuit than it can handle. This may happen if you connect malfunctioning or defective appliances. Loose, corroded wires or connections may also be to blame. Once the GFCI outlet senses an overload, it trips or "breaks" the circuit.

How do you stop a toilet trip? ›

Increase Time Between Trips

Once you're comfortable with your voiding schedule, extend the amount of time between bathroom trips by 15 minutes. For example, if you're urinating every hour and 15 minutes, stretch that out to an hour and a half for a week. Once you're ready, you can shoot for an hour and 45 minutes.

How much does it cost to fix a breaker that keeps tripping? ›

According to HomeX, the cost to replace a circuit breaker switch is around $200 at most in 2021. This slightly contradicts the national average stated by porch.com, which pegs it at around $250.

What does MCB mean? ›

MCB stands for Miniature Circuit Breaker. It automatically switches OFF electrical circuit during any abnormal condition in the electrical network such as overload & short circuit conditions. However, fuse may sense these conditions but it has to be replaced though MCB can be reset.

How do you find out which socket is tripping? ›

Open the cover on the consumer unit to see which switches have tripped to the OFF position. Put them back to the ON position. If tripping occurs again, it is probably being caused by a faulty appliance. You need to identify which circuit is affected and which appliance on that circuit is causing the problem.

What is the best medicine for frequent urination? ›

Anticholinergic medications include:
  • Oxybutynin (Ditropan XL, Oxytrol, Gelnique)
  • Tolterodine (Detrol, Detrol LA)
  • Darifenacin.
  • Solifenacin (Vesicare, Vesicare LS)
  • Trospium.
  • Fesoterodine (Toviaz)

What is the best medicine for overactive bladder? ›

A combination of treatment strategies may be the best approach to relieve overactive bladder symptoms.
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Medications
  • Tolterodine (Detrol)
  • Oxybutynin, which can be taken as a pill (Ditropan XL) or used as a skin patch (Oxytrol) or gel (Gelnique)
  • Trospium.
  • Solifenacin (Vesicare)
  • Fesoterodine (Toviaz)
  • Mirabegron (Myrbetriq)
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What color is urine when your kidneys are failing? ›

Light-brown or tea-colored urine can be a sign of kidney disease/failure or muscle breakdown.

What causes sockets to trip? ›

Common reasons your breaker keeps tripping include circuit overload, a short circuit, or a ground fault.

What causes house sockets to trip? ›

A fuse switch that keeps tripping is usually caused by a faulty electrical item or an overloaded circuit. Locating the root of the problem is largely a process of elimination and something you can do yourself. Here we'll talk you through how to work out why your electric keeps tripping and how to repair a tripped fuse.

How do you check for ground faults? ›

What are Ground Faults? | Repair and Replace - YouTube

How many trips to the toilet is normal? ›

The average is around seven, but the number of restroom trips may vary from four to 10. A urologist explains what's normal and what's cause for concern.

Should you leave toilet lid up or down when you go on vacation? ›

Tip #2 – Leave the toilet seat up and open when away for an extended time. Why? Because air can then circulate in the toilet bowl, reducing the chance of built-up scum.

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