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Bed Wetting Sleeping Disorder

Posted May 07 2010 10:50pm

Bed wetting sleeping disorder is otherwise known as Enuresis.  It is in effect, wetting the bed during sleep.  This is common in children and can occur in adults as well.

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Causes of Bed Wetting Sleeping Disorder

Bed wetting sleeping disorder is hereditary, if your parents suffered from bed wetting your chances are increased.  Other factors can cause bed wetting which can include psychological and physical causes.  Increased stress such as problems at home or at school can lead to bed wetting sleep disorder in children.  Very rarely physical causes may be the culprit such as small bladder or weak muscles.

Bed wetting can also be an early warning sign of other more serious conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea and others.  If there has been no bed wetting and your child suddenly begins to have episodes, try to examine possible changes that might account for this, if no cause can be identified you should have your child examined by your family doctor to rule out other causes.

Treatment of Bed Wetting Sleeping Disorder

Treatment for bed wetting sleeping disorder is with the goal of waking up dry each morning.   While training your body to awaken to urinate there are some options for waking up dry.  You may want to use absorption pads or undergarments for incontinence at night or invest in a moisture alarm to awaken you at the first sign of moisture.

To help retrain or train your bladder to awaken you during sleep:

  • Limit the amount of fluid taken for the 2 hours preceding sleep, during the day limit the amount of caffeinated beverages consumed
  • Urinate just prior to getting in the bed to sleep
  • Awaken twice a night to void, do this by setting an alarm clock
  • Practice pelvic strengthening exercises
  • Take any medication prescribed by your physician

Medications can be prescribed, usually in the cases of adult bed wetting that will slow the amount of urine produced at night.  Be aware however, that this is not a cure and once the medicine is stopped the amount of urine produced will increase.

Coping and Support for Bed Wetting Sleeping Disorder

Both children and adults can suffer low self esteem and embarrassment from bed wetting.   This is an involuntary action that they cannot control which can be frustrating. Never criticize or punish your child for bed wetting and in turn there is no need to reward waking up dry.

Sensitivity is important when coping with bed wetting.  Allow time for discussion of the person’s feelings.  By offering reassurance and understanding and talking about the emotions of bed wetting or stressful events and concerns they may have you are able to help to alleviate your child’s stress and embarrassment and you can work together to make a plan to improve the situation.

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