The need to pee at night (nocturia) is related to the amount of salt in our diet. Every person of Paris, Dubai, New York, Toronto, London, and Istanbul is aware of this disease. Specialists argue that excessive intake of salt leads people to urinate more during the night.
A lower salt intake could help us reduce the trips to the bathroom at night. A new research indicates that many people wake up every night to pee. Some of them have this routine even three to four times per night.
What causes nocturia?
The behavior is known as nocturia. The interruption of sleep could cause tiredness, irritability, and stress. Nocturia is triggered by the excess of salt in our diet. Tomohiro Matsuo at the Nagasaki University states many people have the problem of nighttime urination. His study develops a link between the excess of salt and the frequency in urinating. A slight dietary change might improve the quality of life. The study surveyed more than 300 men and women. They were asked to reduce daily salt intake from 10 grams to 7 grams.
The results of this study
More than 200 participants of this study successfully reduced their salt intake, going from a reported 10 grams per day to 8 grams per day. And with that reduction, it was found that the average number of nighttime bathroom trips decreased from 3 to 1 time a night. In comparison, nearly 100 participants whose average salt intake rose from 8 grams per night to 10 grams per night had an increase in nighttime trips from 3 to 6 times per night. The study was to be presented Sunday at the European Society of Urology annual meeting, in London.
Researchers state the reduction of salt in diet improves the quality of life. Frequent urination and nocturia are a symptom of severe health conditions like diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. This research shows that our healthy decisions may be much more beneficial than we think. Waking up in the middle of the night could induce stress, irritability and tiredness.
These findings are a step in the right direction for both our sleep and our lifestyle choices. Doctor Matsuo Tomohiro at the Nagasaki University says nighttime urination is a real problem for many people.
This work holds out the possibility that a simple dietary modification might improve the quality of life. It is our recommendation to every individual of Paris, London, Dubai, Toronto, New York, and Istanbul to cut salt in the diets.