Sleep apnea and bed wetting
(San Diego )
My friend has sleep apnea really bad and continues to wet the bed more then once in a night.
She is taking no medical care at all for this. She has no medical insurance.
Bed wetting or frequent bathroom trips during the night, also called nocturia, is a symptom of untreated sleep apnea.
The explanation of nocturia in patients with sleep apnea is:
- the apnea episodes (every time your friend stops breathing in sleep) causes the blood oxygen levels to fall drastically.
- to protect the brain and the vital organs from the low levels of oxygen, the heart starts to beat really fast to pump more blood.
- as the heart pumps harder, the blood pressure increases, reaching dangerous levels for the body.
- in an attempt to lower the blood pressure, the body releases diuretic hormones to reduce the blood volume.
- and that's why the person urinates frequently.
If your friend avoids having apnea episodes during sleep, then nocturia will disappear. For this, she will need a CPAP machine
, but with no medical insurance, and without money, it will be difficult.
She could try alternative treatments for sleep apnea
- especially positional therapy
- but these alternatives are not effective in severe cases of sleep apnea. So CPAP is the way to go.
You can find a similar question about bed wetting here.
I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back. Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide