What Causes Bedwetting in Adults?

Bedwetting in adults is quite common. Healthline.com reports that about 2 percent of adults suffer from bed wetting. Unlike children for who bed wetting is normal part of development, for adults it may be a cause of underlying illness.

Some of the causes for bedwetting in adults include the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Small Bladder size
  • Medication side effect
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Neurological disorders
  • Emotional stress or anxiety
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTIS)
  • Prostate Gland Enlargement
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Constipation
  • Lack of Antiduretic Hormone

If an adult is bed-wetting it is best to visit a physician for a medical evaluation that might include physical examination, urine tests, urologic examinations and tests and neurological evaluation. A through medical evaluation can expose the root cause. Sometimes physicians prescribe medicines to improve bladder control and treat bedwetting in adults.
When at home you can maintain a journal that record fluid in-take before bed time, consumption of foods that irritate the bladder and the times at which bedwetting occurs. In the article ‘What Are the Causes of Adult Bed Wetting?’ Livestrong.com reports that “Adults suffering from nocturnal enuresis have overactive bladders in 70 to 80 percent of cases,” and sometimes simple lifestyle changes such as good diet and exercise can help keep bladder calm and stop bedwetting in adults. For instance avoid caffeinated drinks or chocolates (yes, they contain caffeine too) at least before bed time, reduce or if possible quit smoking as nicotine irritates the bladder. Take some time to practice bladder control exercise. Web MD suggests Kegel exercises in the article ‘How common is adult incontinent.’ These exercises strengthen your pelvic floor muscles that are squeezed when you try to stop urinating.

Another option is to use a bed-side bedwetting alarm to alert users and caregivers of bedwetting accidents. There are several bed-side bedwetting alarms for bedwetting in adults and most focus on comfort and convenience.