Adult bedwetting that happens rarely is not something to worry about. But if you are an adult and Nocturnal Enuresis (commonly known as "bed wetting") begins to happen more often, it's time to do some more research and perhaps to pay the doctor a visit. Repeated incidents of adult bedwetting can sometimes be the sign of a more serious underlying problem.
Adults who wet the bed also suffer social costs – all too often, adult bedwetting is very embarrassing and can lead to dissolution of relationships, self esteem issues, depression and fustration. In addition, it is very important that busy adults get a good nights sleep, which can be adversly impacted by nocturnal enuresis in adults.
Adult Incontinence can be treated
Adult bedwetting, or incontinence, is a problem that a small percentage of adults suffer repeated symptoms from. Often, one of the best management tools for treating incontinence is to use a personal bedwetting alarm that discreetly alerts the user when they need to awaken and empty their bladder. The most popular and successful model on the market is the DRI Excel personal bedwetting alarm that is comfortable to wear, and alerts to the first drops of urine that pass.
When Not To Worry About Adult Bed Wetting?
There is an instance when grown-up Enuresis is not the sign of a serious problem, and that is in the case of extreme consumption of alcohol. Alcohol causes high rates of urination, and if you drink a high quantity of alcohol right before you sleep, you are at moderate risk of wetting the bed. While this can be extremely embarrassing the next morning, as long as the alcohol consumption is not repeated daily, you don't need to worry about it.
Causes Of Adult Bed Wetting
There are many causes of adult bed wetting, and almost all of them can be quite severe. Liver, kidney and bladder failure can cause bed wetting, as can diseases such as Lupus. A doctor is the only person who can do the necessary blood tests to determine what the cause is, so you should make an appointment as quickly as possible.
What To Do About It?
If you suffer from grown-up bed wetting as described above, there's a few things you can do to make yourself as comfortable as possible. This will relax you, make you feel better and above all, may lead to a long lasting fix for the problem. Below are a few tips and devices you can (and should) use to make your life easier as an adult:
Adult Bed Wetting Alarms
Bed wetting alarms can be used to wake you up should you begin to urinate in bed. This cannot stop the process from occurring, but it can allow you to clean up the mess immediately.
The bedwetting alarm process works by mimicing the natural reaction of the brain to a full bladder – to wake you up. The bed wetting alarm can be a great tool for adults to use while they are in the process of working through bedwetting issues. Ideally, the bedwetting alarm you use should be comfy, discreet and should be loud enough to wake you during the deepest of sleeps.
Quality adult bedwetting alarms should be reusable and cleaned easily, should be pree from metal parts that corrode in urine, and should be comfortable to wear. There are wireless models on the market, such as the DRI-Sleeper Eclipse, that use a very small urine sensor and a seperate alarm unit that can go into a caregivers room or on a bedside cabinet. These models are highly recommended.
Diapers And Plastic Sheets for Adults
In addition to alarms, using bed wetting diapers for adults can limit how much mess you make in your bed. Also, plastic sheets can protect the mattress from urine, as the mattress can be very difficult to clean and to deodorize. Often, its just not possible to clean a urinated mattress properly and dry it fully for use the next night. In this situation, hygene suffers and odors can result – very embarrassing for any adult.
Control Your Self Esteem
Being sick is not a reason to feel poorly about yourself. Bed wetting as an adult is not something that is your fault, but rather a medical condition that needs to be treated or managed properly so you can resume a normal life and normal sleeping patterns. If you take care not to drink any liquids before going to sleep and cease drinking diuretics like caffeine, this can help lead a perfectly normal lifestyle. Even bedwetting adult individuals who travel alot can enjoy their time away from home with little worries and little social impact.
However, if you're having severe adult bedwetting issues, don't forget to see a health specialist or Doctor first, before undergoing any treatment that may or may not be adequate or appropriate for your particular case.