Bedwetting in Adults: 14 Frequently Asked Questions Answered

In this article, we will explore what might cause bedwetting in adults, what’s up with their treatment, and the twelve frequently asked questions.

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Research suggests that bedwetting occurs in 2 to 2% of adults. Kids are more likely to be affected than adults. PHOTO via @Bladder & Bowel Community

KAMPALA | LIFESTYLE UGANDA ( — While it’s common to associate bedwetting with childhood, but research indicates that one to two per cent of adults will experience this problem, and up to a quarter of children will experience nocturnal enuresis, or urinating in their sleep.

When a child’s bladder becomes larger and more developed, they usually grow out of the condition.

According to research, bedwetting affects between 1 and 2 per cent of all adults; however, the number may be higher since some adults are likely to be embarrassed or unwilling to inform their doctor.

A single incident of bed-wetting or occasional bed-wetting in an adult is unlikely to cause concern, accidents can still happen. However, persistent and frequent enuresis warrants your physician’s attention, so speak to your physician today.

The purpose of this article is to look at what might be causing bedwetting in adults and how these problems can be treated, as well as to answer twelve frequently asked questions.

#1. Is it normal for adults to urinate in their sleep?

Research indicates that bed-wetting occurs in 1% to 2% of adult women, however, the number may be higher since many adults are embarrassed or reluctant to discuss this issue with their doctor.

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As an adult, you probably have nothing to worry about if you occasionally or once bed-wetted.

#2. Can stress cause bedwetting in adults?

Stress or anxiety can also cause bedwetting, and the problem can last long after the stress has been resolved. Often, bedwetting is caused by an infection in the urine (UTI).

If you begin bed-wetting as an adult and this persists, it could be an indication of a more serious underlying issue.

#3. Is it normal to wet the bed when you’re older?

The problem of bed-wetting is surprisingly common among older children and young adults. Lack of public awareness and stigma associated with the condition makes it difficult for many people to seek professional help.

#4. Can anxiety cause bed-wetting?

Anxiety and stress will not cause a child who has never wet the bed to start wetting at night.

However, psychological and emotional stress can indirectly contribute to nighttime wetting. Stress can influence a child’s behaviour or actions in ways that can result in nighttime wetting.

#5. Why did I pee in my sleep last night?

When you are asleep, the body produces an antidiuretic hormone, known as ADH, which slows down your kidney’s production of urine.

People with enuresis do not produce significant amounts of this hormone, which leads to urinating too frequently, causing them to bedwetting.

#6. At what age should I worry about bedwetting?

If your child is older than the age of 7 and still wetting the bed, you might want to talk with a pediatric nephrologist or urologist. The underlying issue is usually a bladder that isn’t mature enough.

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#7. What neurological disorders cause bedwetting in adults?

Depending on how your body stores and holds urine, bed-wetting may also be caused by conditions such as prostate cancer and bladder cancer.

The same can be said for diseases that affect the brain and spine, such as seizures, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

#8. What does bedwetting mean psychologically?

The condition of nocturnal enuresis, also called bedwetting, is involuntary urination when sleeping after the age at which bladder control normally begins, bedwetting is often associated with emotional trauma in both children and adults.

#9. Can being overweight cause bedwetting in adults?

If you are overweight or obese you may wet the bed at night due to the extra pressure you put on your bladder and pelvic floor. This weakens your bladder muscles resulting in nighttime wetting. Try exercising to improve the situation.

#10. Can diabetes cause bedwetting in adults?

Another condition that can cause bedwetting is diabetes; your blood sugar isn’t properly processed in your body when you have diabetes, and so you may urinate more frequently.

It is possible for children and adults who normally sleep dry at night to wet the bed due to increased urine production.

#11. Why would a grown man pee in his sleep?

Adult bedwetting can be caused by a blockage (obstruction) in the urinary tract, such as from a bladder stone or kidney stone, bladder problems, such as low bladder capacity or overactive nerves, and diabetes.

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#12. What is it called when you pee in your sleep?

Enuresis is the medical term for being unable to control your pee, sometimes referred to as involuntary urination.

Sleeping enuresis is the involuntary urination that occurs at night, sometime after the person has reached the age where he or she is capable of controlling themselves.

#13. Can constipation cause bedwetting in adults?

Often, the cause of bedwetting is not the bladder, but constipation; and if it isn’t diagnosed promptly, parents and children must go on an unnecessarily difficult and costly quest to cure the problem.

#14. How to treat bedwetting in adults

Bedwetting is treated primarily with DDAVP and Tofranil, however, there are other medications including Ditropan and Levsin that are sometimes prescribed for the condition.

Medications can cause significant side effects, and not all of these medications work for every child. Consult your child’s doctor to determine if drug therapy is right for him or her.

Musasi Isaac Christopher

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