Nocturia is recognized as the excessive need to urinate during the night. Most people are able to sleep through the night, roughly 6 to 8 hours, without having to go to the bathroom. People with nocturia, however, have a disrupted sleep cycle because they wake up to urinate more than once at night.
How many people have nocturia?
As you get older, nocturia becomes more common and symptoms worsen.
Studies suggest that 5% to 15% of people who are between the ages of 20 and 50 have nocturia. These statistics as age increases. For example, 20% to 30% of people between 50 and 70 years old have it, and 10% to 50% of people 70 and older urinate at least twice a night.
It is believed that over 50% of men and women older than 60 have nocturia, and even more experience nocturia nightly over the age of 80.
Nocturia affects both genders, but research suggests that it affects more younger women than younger men, but it is seen more in older men than older women.
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