There are several potential culprits if frequent trips to the bathroom are keeping your from getting a refreshing night's sleep. For men, this problem--known as nocturia--is a classic symptom of an enlarged prostate. The prostate is a male organ that helps produce sperm and plays other roles. As a man ages, the prostate grows and can interfere with normal urination. Medication and lifestyle changes can help control this condition, which is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH.
A number of other medical conditions may cause you to feel the urge to pee several times a night, including:
• urinary tract infections
• kidney problems
• heart failure
• sleep apnea
Then again, simply drinking too many beverages before you turn in could be causing your frequent nocturnal trips to the bathroom. Try cutting back on the amount of liquid you consume in the evening. If that doesn't help, tell your doctor about your night-time urinary habits.
More Answers from Mehmet Oz, MD