Many people face the unpleasant need for going to the bathroom in the middle of the night. This experience is not only forcing people out of their beds against their will, but it is also disrupting a healthy sleep cycle. As of recently, scientists may have found a way to put a stop on these series of interrupting bath trips. By consuming lower amounts of salt, people can have a solid night of good sleep.
Nocturia Is the Need to Make Bath Trips in the Middle of the Night
On Monday, the European Association of Urology released a new study. According to their research, a common habitual issue with people aged 60 or even younger has been documented to be in connection with the amount of consumed salt for the first time. The abnormal behavior is called nocturia. This reaction is created by the sudden urge of going to the bathroom in the middle of the night. The cause of the bath trips is usually the need to urinate. This behavior can happen even several times a night.
The causes of nocturia were unknown or unclear before the new study was released. However, the findings of the paper suggest that the behavior is encouraged by large amounts of salt consumed throughout the day. By interrupting one’s cycle of sleep, the person can feel uncomfortable side effects the next day. These can be stress, irritability, exhaustion, and others that impair the quality of life.
New Study Can Be a Solution to Nocturia
Scientists conducted a series of tests on a group of 321 Japanese participants. All of them had both an elevated salt intake and troubles with the quality of their sleep. Generally, Japanese people are prone to keeping higher amounts of salt in their system. Scientists prescribed them diets based on a reduction of salt consumption. They followed their progress within a space of 12 weeks. During this time, they measured the salt intake periodically through biochemical procedures.
A group of 223 participants had their salt consumption reduced from 10.7 gm to 8.9 gm per day. in their case, the nocturia behavior improved as well. Their bath trips decreased on average from 2.3 times to 1.4 times per night. By comparison, the other 98 members had their salt intake increased from 9.6 gm to 11.0 gm per night. Scientists recorded an elevated urge to bath visits from 2.3 times to 2.7 times per night. The Working Group Lead for the EAU Guidelines Office Initiative on Nocturia, Dr. Marcus Drake, is excited about the study.
“This is an important aspect of how patients potentially can help themselves to reduce the impact of frequent urination.”
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