Adult Nocturnal Enuresis Or Bedwetting: What Can Be Done?

Often thought of as affecting only children, bed wetting – or enuresis, to give it its medical name – is also something that affects many adults, damaging self esteem and denting confidence.

In fact, research has shown that at least 1% of all adults over the age of 18 suffer from this distressing complaint. Some people have struggled their whole life with bedwetting, while others may have little or no history of doing this, and only begin experiencing it later in adulthood.

Most often occurring at night, while sleeping, adult bed wetting can also happen when napping or dozing off during the daytime.

Enuresis often seems to run in families, pointing to the possibility of a genetic component, and it can also be caused by physical difficulties such as urinary tract infections, diabetes, prostate enlargement, etc.

Research has also shown that, in some people, the neurological system may be slow in processing the sensation that comes when the bladder is full. There is a possibility that an overactive or unstable bladder may also be involved.

For these reasons it is always wisest to consult with your doctor before considering treatment of a psychological nature.

Psychological difficulties are a major cause of wetting the bed as an adult. This is particularly the case when the person has a history of bedwetting as a child, and wets again after a period of remaining dry. This is termed secondary nocturnal enuresis.

Adult enuresis can often be triggered by stress, major life changes and feelings of insecurity. It may also be related to issues of self-esteem.

Practical things that may be done in order to aid are using absorbent washable under sheets, disposable adult diapers or underpants (especially useful when traveling), avoiding alcohol for a few hours before sleeping, and drinking more liquid earlier in the day, so that less is consumed in the evening.

Bed-wetting alarms may prove helpful for some people. These devices either sound a loud tone or vibrate when activated by moisture, awakening the person. Doctors may also prescribe drugs in order to assist. Though medication does not usually cure adult nocturnal enuresis, it can help control it and afford a much-needed break.

Biofeedback techniques have proved useful and are intended to restore the connection between the brain and the bladder. Such treatment can take months to complete.

As already mentioned, psychological issues may be an underlying factor in enuresis. For this reason it is well worth investigating hypnotherapy in order to get to the bottom of the problem. Make certain you choose a fully qualified, experienced hypnotherapist with whom to work.

Self hypnosis and self-hypnosis recordings designed to increase self-esteem can also be tremendously helpful.

Adult nocturnal enuresis or adult bedwetting is nothing to be ashamed of, so be sure to talk things over with someone you trust, and consult your doctor or medical advisor in order to eliminate possible physical causes before seeking alternative help.

Above all, stay positive — enuresis can be successfully treated!

Peter Field is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health and originator of the 3 Step Hypnosis-Slimming System, a new and natural way to lose weight.

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