Do you have a hard time sleeping through the night because you have to keep getting up to use the bathroom? If you experience swelling in your legs, ankles and feet, this may be the reason why. Swelling can occur for many different reasons including how you go about your day. Sitting or standing for long periods of time can lead to swelling. Other factors such as diseases, age and obesity can also lead to frequent urination.
Causes of Excess Urination at Night
The condition that causes you to wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom is called Nocturia. This can be caused by many different things, such as when you drink a lot of fluids (especially caffeine and alcohol) and also by type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This condition occurs when fluids in the lower extremities build up in the tissues due to circulatory problems. When you lay down to go to sleep, the fluid flows a lot easier to the kidneys to be processed. This is why you are more prone to this problem at night. In addition, Medicines such as calcium blockers, water pills and high blood pressure medicine can also cause frequent urination. There are many conditions that result in frequent urination as well as edema in the legs and feet. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Heart Failure
- Kidney Disease
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
- Heart Disease
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Overactive Bladder
- Cancers of the bladder
- Bladder infections
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Blood Clots
How to Treat and Prevent Edema
Some things you can do to reduce swelling include minimizing the amount of sodium you consume, wearing compression socks to improve circulation and taking a diuretic medication like Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), which helps to remove excess fluid from the body. Wearing compression socks also helps to reduce swelling. Try the Allegro Cotton Support Sock, which provides 20-30mmHg of graduated compression at the ankle to provide relief for minor to moderate swelling. It is extremely soft and comfortable, and is easy to get on and off. This is the perfect casual sock to wear when you’re out and about or at the gym. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes so you can find exactly what you need. Compression socks also keep your legs energized and help to get rid of that tired, achy feeling in your legs at the end of the day. Wear them on long flights or car rides, and especially if you sit or stand for long periods of time. They even help to reduce the discomfort from minor to moderate varicose or spider veins. Compression socks are a safe, healthy and affordable way to reduce and prevent swelling without all of the hassle.
If you are suffering from one of the medical conditions above, it may be more difficult to treat edema, but following these tips will help to significantly reduce swelling. Check out the symptom checker in the additional resources below to see if you may be at risk. Talk with your doctor if you think you may have any of these conditions to see what steps need to be taken to make you more comfortable.