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Steven B. Ronsen updated their profile
Sep 15, 2018
Do you experience frequent urination at night? Or did you experience frequent urination at night before getting treated for Sleep Apnea? If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, it is very likely the cause of your urination problems. Treat the Sleep Apnea problem, and you will find yourself waking up to go to the bathroom less often. Here's how come:

When the airway is blocked or partially blocked as it is during an apnea or hypopnea event, the body must exert more effort to pull air into the lungs, causing a change in pressure and more blood to flow toward the heart. The heart interprets this increased blood flow as an alert that there's too much fluid in the system. It then sends a signal to the kidneys via a hormone, the essence of which is "we have too much fluid in here; it's time to dump some overboard." The body's way to dump liquid overboard is to urinate.

When the airway is clear, as it would be when Positive Airway Pressure is acting as a splint to keep it open, this whole chain of events isn't set in motion. As if there weren't already enough good reasons to treat your Sleep Apnea, this is one more. Save the trips to the bathroom and sleep easier at night.

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Comment by Banyon on January 21, 2009 at 9:01pm
A 65-year old friend who is an MD told me he has frequent urination at night due to prostate problems. I knew from previous discussions that he has Type 2 diabetes and takes Ritalin for ADD.

In my batty belfry he rang three "apnea bells". I discussed sleep apnea with him, he had a consultation and PSG, and has now begun CPAP therapy.

Already he is down from six nightly restroom breaks to one. Let's see if his diabetes and ADD improves.

What doctors don't know!
Comment by Elizabeth on January 21, 2009 at 7:55pm
That's why I rarely go to the bathroom at night now. I see a lot of changes in me but I never associated the bathroom visits at night to sleep apnea too.
Comment by Lynette on January 21, 2009 at 7:31pm
Wow. Hadn't thought about it til now, but since using the CPAP I rarely have to go to the restroom during the night. Use to be up at least 2-3 times a night.
Comment by Dave D. on January 21, 2009 at 7:28pm
This symptom, many times can be the very one that finally gets someone into a sleep lab. Patients are amazed when, after only one day on PAP, their night time urination problem is relieved.

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