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Managing Nighttime Incontinence: 6 Ways to Get a Good Nights Sleep

Struggling with nightly incontinence? You are not alone.

Many adults struggling with incontinence experience it during the night, when they are asleep. This referred to as Nocturnal Enuresis. When you are experiencing night time incontinence, bed time is anything but relaxing. The worry of wetting the bed, inconveniencing your partner, or having to wash the sheets and remake the bed can cause anxiety, making a good night’s rest difficult.

At Attends, we highly recommend speaking to a medical professional about incontinence issues, but here are a few tips for getting a good night’s sleep when you are experiencing Nocturnal Enuresis:

1.  No Caffeine Before Bed

Caffeine can stimulate the bladder, so it might be best to limit your caffeine intake before going to bed. Caffeine can be found in tea coffee and fizzy drinks. Limit alcohol intake. Not only could the caffeine keep you awake, and can increases urinary output.

2. Limit Your Fluid Intake

Limiting intake of fluids in the late afternoon and early evening before bedtime, this will help decrease the amount of urine produced at night. However ideally you should drink at least 6-8 glasses of fluid throughout the day

3. Empty Your Bladder

To help ensure your bladder is emptied a technique known as “double voiding” can help.  Before getting ready for bed, go to the toilet and empty your bladder. Then, go through your usual bedtime routine (brush your teeth, remove make-up, etc.,) and then go to the toilet again before lying down to go to sleep.

4. Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor Muscle

Strengthening your pelvic floor muscle can help improve bladder control. Pelvic floor exercise consist of tightening and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles. Not sure how to do it? Check out our blog on Pelvic Floor Exercises

5. Wear Protective Underwear or an Incontinence Pad

Extra protection will give you piece of mind. There are millions of people dealing with incontinence, so there are many different products available such as add shaped pads, protective underwear and adult all-in-ones. If you experience night time incontinence, can you add that the products are designed to keep you dry and protect  your sheets,  the pad can be easily and discreetly disposed in the morning.

6. Protect Your Bedding

Frequently having to wash and change the sheets on your bed can be frustrating. Investing in water-proof bedding and/or disposable under pads, like Attends Cover-Dri, will give you peace of mind and make dealing with night time incontinence easier.

More advice is available - please consult with your doctor or local continence service if you experience any form of incontinence.