What to Do When the Constant Urge to Urinate is Interfering with Your Life
If the constant urge to urinate is getting in the way of things, then it’s time to take action. Do you recognize any or all of these situations in your life: You can’t sit through a movie without going to the facilities two or three times. You stop drinking an hour before going on any drive so you won’t have to make an emergency stop at a gas station to keep from wetting yourself. You know exactly where the bathrooms at any location are because the first thing you do is go to one when you get there. You have a repertoire of excuses so that you can go to the bathroom for a second or third time without seeming strange to friends and acquaintances. You are sometimes tired in the morning because your constant urge to urinate interrupted your sleep several times during the night.
All of these are signs your constant urge to urinate is interfering with your life and that it is high time you did something about it. What should you do?
Consult a Physician
The first thing you should always do when you have a medical symptom of this kind is make an appointment with your doctor to rule out a more serious condition. The constant urge to urinate can be a sign of a condition like prostrate cancer so you should not simply ignore it.
Most likely, however, your condition is much less serious. If your physician rules out a more serious condition, here are some approaches you can try to take control of your urinary difficulties.
Drink Less, Especially Alcohol and Caffeine
One obvious way of reducing the constant need to urinate is simply to drink less. If you have grown accustomed to always having a drink in your hand and are always nursing a lemonade or soda, you might want to cut down on the amount of liquid that you take in during the day so that you don’t have to make quite so many trips to the bathroom.
Alcohol is also a diuretic, so if you have become used to having a beer or glass of wine every night just before bed to wind you down, you might want to forego this ritual in favor of a drier form of relaxation like listening to some relaxing music or maybe even meditation.
Caffeine is an even greater problem because most of us use it to power our busy lifestyles. Many of us, gas up with two or three cups of coffee in the morning, take a couple of sodas at lunch, maybe another coffee or soda at our breaks, and then some more at dinner, before topping all that off with some coffees to keep us awake for some late night work. Caffeine, like many stimulants, operates on the law of diminishing returns; so the more that you take of it, the more used to it your body becomes and the more you need to take in order to get the same effects.
In order to break your urination pattern, however, you will need to reduce your caffeine intake. Try one instead of three cups of coffee in the morning and perhaps just one soda in the afternoon. If you are having trouble sleeping and feel tired, start with your nighttime intake. This will have the dual effect giving you a better night’s sleep and of reducing your need for caffeine in the morning because you are not so tired.
Expand Your Bladder
Your bladder is like a muscle and like a muscle, the more your work it out, the stronger it gets. If you give in to your need to urinate at the first sign of trouble, you bladder will stay weak. However, if you try to hold out for a while, 10 minutes at first, then fifteen minutes, you will slowly build up your ability to resist the need to urinate.
Soon you will find that your constant urge to urinate is not so strong and that you have more control over your trips to the bathroom.
Consider Night Medicines
You should also consider that some medicines—especially diuretics—may cause you to go more frequently at nighttime. Therefore, if going at nighttime is a particular complication of your problem you should try to avoid these medicines just before bed.
Finally, as we age it is common for our bodies to stop producing urine during the day and to switch production to a nocturnal schedule. This is unfortunately an unpleasant fact as we age, so your nighttime symptoms may be something that you just have to live with. Fortunately, for most us, this will not interfere quite as much with life.