Frequent Urination At Night
Frequently urinating at night anxiety and stress symptom:
You find yourself going to the bathroom more frequently during the evening and through the night. Sometimes you might find you have to urinate every hour or so, or you may feel you need to urinate more frequently than that, such as every 20 to 30 minutes.
Urinating this often during the night can cause sleep disruption where every time you wake up you feel you need to urinate.
Some people find that they have to urinate every 15 minutes or so.
Frequent urination can also involve producing urine, even mass quantities of it, on every washroom visit. Or, you may find that even though you feel you need to go urinate that you produce little to no results.
The frequent urination at night symptom may occur rarely, intermittently, or persistently. For example, one day you may visit the washroom numerous times, and the next day follow a more regular pattern.
The frequent urination at night symptom may be mildly noticeable, moderately bothersome, or severe.
The frequent urination at night symptom may precede, accompany, or follow an increase in anxiety or stress, or occur for no apparent reason.
The frequent urination at night symptom can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.
All variations and combinations of the above are common.
What causes frequent urination at night?
Because there are many medical conditions that can cause anxiety-like sensations and symptoms, we recommend that you discuss this symptom with your doctor. If your doctor concludes that this symptom is solely stress related (including the stress that being anxious can cause), you can be assured that there isn’t another medical condition causing it. Generally, most doctors can easily tell the difference between stress and anxiety caused sensations and symptoms from those caused by other medical reasons.
If you are uncertain about your doctor’s diagnosis, however, you may want to seek a second and even third opinion. But if all three opinions concur, you can feel confident that stress, including anxiety-caused stress, is the cause of this symptom and not some other medical or biological problem.
Anxiety and stress are common causes of frequently urinating during the night. For more information about the causes of frequent urination at night and what you can do to eliminate it, see the frequent urination symptom here.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated October 9, 2018.