Quality of Life Issues Associated with Nocturia

Nocturia is often diagnosed as a symptom of larger, underlying conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, enlarged prostate and kidney disease. However, healthcare providers are increasingly recognizing it in its own right as a condition that can cause further health issues and severely decrease quality of life.[1]

Older adults who suffer from nocturia are twice as likely to experience a fall during the night, causing broken bones, especially hip fractures, and additional injuries.[2] Such injuries can lead to death, prevent daily activity and decrease mobility, leading to isolation and depression.

Adults suffering from nocturia may also experience sleep deprivation, resulting in daytime drowsiness, which may lead to daytime falls as well as clinical depression.[3] Adults still in the workforce may face severely decreased efficiency, which not only causes lost time at work, but costs the U.S. workforce over $60 billion annually in lost productivity.[2]

Read more about nocturia:

For health care professionals:
Demystifying Nocturia: Identifying the Cause and Tailoring the Treatment
Nocturia: Focus on Etiology and Consequences
Epidemiology of Nocturia

For patients:
Cleveland Clinic: Nocturia
National Association for Continence: Nocturia
Why Do I Pee So Much at Night?

 

[1] Park HK, Kim HG. Current Evaluation and Treatment of Nocturia. Korean J Urol. 2013 Aug; 54(8): 492–498. Doi: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3742899/
[2] Aging Health. 2013;9(4):389-402
[3] J Urol. 2013 Sep; 190(3): 953–957