Do you wake up to pee in the night?
Waking up to urinate can be a normal sign of aging, but there are things you can do about it! This is such a common concern that in one study, half of men over fifty said lower urinary tract concerns had the greatest negative impact on quality of life.1
Note: While frequent urination at night can be a normal sign of aging, it can also be sign of an underlying medical condition that should be examined by your medical doctor.
Frequently waking up at night to urinate is a primary cause of sleep disturbance, which has been linked to a host of other health concerns, including moodiness, decreased job performance, fatigue, focus/concentration issues, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular concerns.2 For the elderly, waking up at night to urinate increases risk of falling and more serious injury.
Herbs to Support Frequent Urination at Night
The following herbs are found in LifeSpa’s Prosta-Clear HP formula to support healthy urine flow and prostate health.3-7
Pygeum Bark (Pygeum africanum), commonly known as the African cherry tree, has been traditionally used to support healthy urination and prostate function. In two meta-analyses, pygeum bark was shown to reduce nighttime urination frequency by 19%.3,4 One clinical trial found it reduced nighttime trips to the toilet by 32%.5
Beta-Sitosterol is a common plant-based sterol found to inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, which converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Slowing conversion of testosterone to DHT can tame age-related prostate enlargement, which slows urinary flow and increases frequency. In a randomized double-blind study, beta-site sterol was shown to support healthy urine by reducing lower urinary tract concerns by 50%, increasing quality of life by 42%.6
Cranberries have been used for centuries to support healthy urination and urinary tract function. In a clinical study on a cranberry extract, called Flowens™, a follow-up interview revealed the following results:7
- 52% urinated less frequently during the day.
- 63% experienced a reduction in nighttime urinary frequency.
- 48% experienced less sensation of not emptying their bladder after completing urination.
- 37% felt improvements within one month, including 7% within one week.
- 96% would recommend Flowens™ to a friend.
Saw Palmetto extracts have been widely used in Europe, and more recently in the United States, as a natural way to help maintain normal prostate health and lower urinary tract function.8 Like beta-sitosterol, saw palmetto has been shown to inhibit the 5-alpha reductive enzymes that convert testosterone into the more toxic DHT.8
Other effects of saw palmetto have been proposed, including that it prevents DHT from binding to androgen receptors, that it has antiestrogenic and antiproliferative effects, that it inhibits growth factors, that it affects alpha-1 adrenoceptors and 1,4-dihydropyridine receptors, and that it helps maintain healthy fluid balance in prostate tissues.8
Prosta-Clear HP Dosage: Take two after supper or before bed. Once nighttime urination is improved, reduce dose and then take as needed.
Could Your Nighttime Urination Issue be a Circadian Imbalance?
Melatonin, a three-billion-year-old molecule, regulates our connection to daily and seasonal light-dark cycles. Studies show melatonin imbalances can cause a host of health concerns way beyond sleep.
In a study published in the Journal of Urology, 20 men who were waking up two to three times a night to urinate were given 2mg of melatonin each evening before bed. They concluded that melatonin treatment was associated with a significant improvement in urination at night.9 In another study, melatonin support reduced nighttime urination frequency from 3.4 to 2.6 times a night.5
How to Maintain Healthy Melatonin Levels
- Wear blue-light-blocking glasses when watching TV or on a screen in the evening.
- Use the night filter on your phone 24/7, not just at night. Constant blue light exposure has cumulative damage.
- Take vitamin D or get sun exposure every morning. Learn more here: LINK
- Block ambient light at night during sleep.
Read my free eBook, The Ayurvedic Guide to the Best Sleep of Your Life, for more tips!
Have you tried any of these tips for urination at night? What have you noticed?