Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre

Nocturia and Sleep

“When you gotta go, you gotta go.”

This classic line, originally from Jurassic Park, has entered the lexicon and been harnessed for jokes and memes. But it also reflects a fundamental reality: sometimes the urge or need to pee comes at inconvenient times.

For some people, this problem becomes particularly significant at night. Nocturia is the medical term for having to get up out of bed multiple times to urinate. This condition is believed to affect 50 million Americans, with nearly one in three people over age 30 having to get up to pee at least twice per night.

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