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On World Sleep Day, get the facts on nocturia – the most common cause of disturbed sleep

Nocturia, the need to wake up and urinate more than once at night, is the most common cause of disturbed sleep [i]. To raise awareness of the condition, this year Ferring is sponsoring World Sleep Day.

Nocturia disturbs the sleep of 1 in 3 adults over the age of 30 and two thirds of adults over the age of 65. [ii]

Many people dismiss the condition as a ‘phase’ that will pass, or a ‘discomfort’ that simply affects you when growing older, but the condition can seriously affect your health and quality of life. [iii], [iv], [v], [vi], [vii]

Did you know that a broken night’s sleep caused by trips to the bathroom can have significant consequences on both our mental and physical health?

Some descriptionProductivity, relationships and career success can be impactediv. Lack of sleep can impact mental functioning, making it much harder to concentrate, remember things and pick up new skills or facts [iv].Poor sleep has also been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, weakened immune systems, heart disease and even some cancers [v][vi][vii]. Lack of sleep is also related to many psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety and psychosis[viii],[ix].


“People think that getting up in the night to go to the toilet is just part of getting older, but it doesn’t need to be,” says Philip Van Kerrebroeck, Editor of the Nocturia Resource Centre and Professor of Urology at the University of Maastricht. “Poor sleep can seriously damage your health so people who are getting up several times a night should go to their doctor to see what’s causing it. The good news is that nocturia can be treated so you don’t need to suffer in silence.”

Find out more about causes and consequences of nocturia in our infographic, the A to Zzz of nocturia.



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[ix] Petrovsky N et al. Sleep Deprivation Disrupts Prepulse Inhibition and Induces Psychosis-Like Symptoms in Healthy Humans. The Journal of Neuroscience 2014; July, 34(27)-913409140.




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