zig
0

Notifications

  • You're all caught up!

How to Stop Wetting the Bed When I Drink at Night

by
author image Erica Roth
Erica Roth has been a writer since 2007. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a college reference librarian for eight years. Roth earned a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from Brandeis University and Master of Library Science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her articles appear on various websites.
How to Stop Wetting the Bed When I Drink at Night
Young girl sleeping in bed Photo Credit slc1000/iStock/Getty Images

Wetting the bed at night is a type of urinary incontinence called nocturnal enuresis. One of the causes of nocturnal enuresis is drinking fluids at night. Adjusting your bathroom habits and beverage choices can help you stop wetting the bed at night, even when you enjoy a nightly beverage.

Step 1

Set a "beverage deadline" in the evening, a time past which you will not drink anything at night. MayoCinic.com addresses the problem of pediatric bed-wetting by suggesting that a child drink only 20 percent of his daily liquid intake after 5 p.m., a system that can work easily for adults as well.

Another option is to work backwards from the time you usually go to bed and stop your fluid intake 3 to 4 hours before bedtime to reduce your nocturnal bed-wetting.

Step 2

Choose non-alcoholic and caffeine-free drinks in the latter part of the day to stop wetting the bed. The Merck Manual states that alcohol acts as a diuretic, increasing the frequency of urination and can also have a sedative effect on your muscles, making your bladder muscles weaker. Caffeine is an irritant and can cause urinary urgency as well.

Step 3

Set an alarm clock to wake you up to use the bathroom at night. Make the first wake-up call for two to three hours after you go to bed. Try to wake up every few hours throughout the night to urinate so you don't wet the bed.

Step 4

Speak to your doctor about adjusting your medication schedule if you take diuretics, drugs that increase urinary output. Taking a diuretic too close to bedtime may increase your chances of wetting the bed. Altering your dosing schedule may allow you to continue your nighttime fluid intake and stay dry without making any other lifestyle modifications.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
GOAL
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
GENDER
  • Female
  • Male
lbs.
ft. in.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

CURRENTLY TRENDING

Demand Media

Our Privacy Policy has been updated. Please take a moment and read it here.