Adult bedwetting is a condition suffered by approximately 1% of the population, but unlike child bed wetting its cause is often associated with a physical medical condition.
Sufferers also regularly experience daytime urinary problems, such as having to rush to the bathroom.
People who have just started wetting the bed without explanation may find that they any of the following things may have caused it – urinary tract infection, sleeping pills, diuretic or caffeine based medicines, stress or diabetes. Whereas people who have been bedwetting for a period of time may suffer from excess urine production at night, or lack muscle control in and around the bladder. At any rate, head straight to your physician for tests and a complete diagnosis.
While adult bedwetting is an embarrassing problem to deal with, it is important not to blame yourself for the condition. There are some things that you can try before going to your GP to see if you can stop the problem on your own. Firstly cut down on the amount of alcohol and coffee consumed before bed. Also set an alarm to wake yourself up a couple of times during the night so you can go to the toilet and empty your bladder (make sure your wake up times differ so your body doesn’t learn to sleep through the alarm).
Another thing to try is sleeping in a different room or moving your bed around to a different position in the room.
If these tricks don’t help, then purchase a bed wetting alarm, which has a sensor that is attached to the pajamas and sounds an alarm at the first sign of dampness in your pants. They generally work better for children, but are worth a try for adults. It is important to allow about 2-3 months for this technique to work, and if it hasn’t after that time, try another alternative.
If the problem does not clear up on its own, head to your doctor, who will run a series of tests, checking for things such as urinary infections, diabetes, or damage to your bladder (which can be checked through with x-rays or ultrasound). They will either give you solutions to try such as medication or alarms, or will refer you to an urologist.
Medication will either be one to fix the urinary infection (if one is found), or one to help stop bed wetting (if nothing is found to be physically wrong with you). There are three different types that work in different ways – concentrating urine, helping the bladder hold urine or calming an overactive bladder.
While some treatments work for some adult bedwetters, not all work in each case, therefore it is important to not give up and keep trying different solutions until you find one that works. An online adult bed wetting forum is an ideal place to get ideas and suggestions for cures from other sufferers.