As a teenager or even an adult who hasn’t wet the bed in years, you might find yourself first dreaming of urinating and then bedwetting, waking up to find that it was more than just a dream. Bedwetting in adults while dreaming is more common than you might think, because of the social taboos against discussing this issue. Evidence has shown that adult bedwetting is hereditary. One study has shown that someone with two bedwetting parents has a 77% chance of becoming a bedwetter. When one parent wet the bed as a child, his son or daughter was found to have a 40% chance of becoming a bedwetter. These probabilities carry into adulthood as well.
Just like everything else, stress can be a major contributor when it comes to adult bedwetting. Stress and anxiety affect the efficient running of the human body, and can cause huge issues in hormone production, sleep quality, nerve responses, and more. All things which contribute to bedwetting. However, when adults wet the bed it is often an indication of an underlying illness, disease, or a symptom of other untreated medical conditions. For adults, wetting the bed can not only be a devastatingly embarrassing condition, but it is often a sign of other medical troubles.
In fact, estimates put it at about 2% of adults who wet the bed at night. Of course, these statistics can be difficult to confirm as many people suffering from this condition do not report it to their doctor or other health professional, for fear of embarrassment and feeling ashamed. If you start wetting the bed as an adult, see your doctor. You may hear them call your problem nocturnal enuresis, which is the medical name of the condition. Some of the reasons it may be.
Bed-wetting that starts in adulthood (secondary enuresis) is uncommon and requires medical evaluation. Causes of adult bed-wetting may include: A blockage (obstruction) in part of the urinary tract, such as from a bladder stone or kidney stone Bladder problems, such as small capacity or overactive nerves. Sleep Apnea According to one study, seven percent of adult patients who have sleep apnea also wet the bed at night. Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing repeatedly stops and then starts again. Some people with sleep apnea will stop breathing hundreds of times in their sleep without knowing it.
Four primary types of medications are prescribed to treat adult bed-wetting, depending on the cause: antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections anticholinergic drugs can calm irritated or.