Nocturia and Sleep Disorders

Dr. Colin M. Shapiro, MBBCh, PhD, MRCPsych, FRCPC,1 Co-author: Sharon A. Chung, PhD 2

1Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON.

2Youthdale Treatment Centres and Paediatric Sleep Research Inc., Toronto, ON.

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Abstract: Nocturia, or the condition where the patient wakes two or more times per night to void the bladder, is linked to a multiplicity of physical and mental health disorders. Whether causal or caused by these disorders, treatment of nocturia and the associated slow-wave sleep disruption is essential to avoid long-term health issues and increased mortality in the individual.
Key Words: nocturia, sleep, physical health, mental health, slow-wave sleep.

Nocturia is a condition that causes the patient to wake two or more times per night to void the bladder.
Nocturia results in a disruption of restorative slow-wave sleep.
Nocturia results in a disruption of restorative slow-wave sleep.
Desmopressin can prolong or even eliminate time to first awakening, thereby augmenting slow-wave sleep and the associated improved physical and mental health.
Nocturia is associated with a multiplicity of physical and mental disorders.
Nocturia is more prevalent in aging patients.
Physicians should include screening for sleep disorders , particularly in elderly patients who report waking twice or more per night to void the bladder.
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