Most of the time, bedwetting occurs in children. But not always. And for those adults experiencing nocturnal enuresis or bedwetting the situation is especially embarrassing.
Adult bedwetting can be caused by many things. Perhaps the most common are aging, giving birth, getting prostate surgery, or developing a medical condition that causes bedwetting such as a urinary tract infection or diabetes. Some adults were simply never able to stop bedwetting as a kid. Whatever the case may be, here are the most effective ways to treat adult bedwetting.
1. Take Care of Related Medical Issues
I wanted to put this one first because it’s important. If you’re an adult who’s suddenly started bedwetting for no apparent reason, visit a doctor. The bedwetting may be the result of a serious medical issue. Once you’ve taken care of whatever it is, you should go back to peaceful dry nights.
2. Bladder Training
If your bedwetting is caused by a small bladder, try retraining your bladder. Don’t go as soon as you feel the need to urinate. Wait for a minute or two or five. Over time, doing this should help expand your bladder so it can hold more—hopefully enough to get you through the night dry.
3. Kegel Exercises
If you started bedwetting after childbirth or as you aged, then strengthening your Kegel muscles may do the trick. Simply squeeze and hold the same muscles you would use to stop urinating. For an even more effective exercise you may want to buy some vaginal cones which you can squeeze onto to really build your strength.
4. Watch What You Drink
We’re not recommending you limit your fluid intake, as this can sometimes lead to more bedwetting. But caffeine and alcohol are both known to cause bedwetting. If you use either of those, try stopping and seeing what difference it makes.
5. Bedwetting Alarms
Bedwetting alarms wake you up as soon as you start to urinate. Over time, this teaches your sleeping body to recognize and respond to the feeling of a full bladder. This can be a very effective treatment for children as well.
Certain medications decrease nighttime urine production which for some people is enough to help them stop bedwetting. However, the effects are not lasting. When the medication stops, the bedwetting restarts. So it should only be used as a temporary solution.