Do you know that waking up to urinate could actually decrease your productivity?
This is what elderly persons who have difficulty sleeping may
discover, especially if they find that their problems worsen if they
have to get up in the middle of the night to urinate, according to new
The problem is known as nocturia, and according to the researchers, it
has been linked not only to sleep disruptions but to “significant
reductions” in both work productivity and leisure activity as well.
They polled 261 women and 385 men who suffer from the condition over a
14-day period, asking them about the impact it has on their ability to
perform their work-related and other daily tasks.
As it turns out, nocturia decreased on-the-job productivity by 24
percent and the ability to perform recreational activity by 34
A paper detailing the results of the research is published in the
Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine on March 15.
Researchers also reported that more than half (54 percent) of all
nighttime sleep disruptions were associated with the need to urinate,
and that people who woke up remained awake an average of 11.5 percent
longer on nights when they had to make a trip to the restroom.
“Nocturia is a common problem affecting around a third of adults, but
its burden is underestimated and it is often dismissed as being less
serious than other chronic conditions in terms of impact on quality of
life and societal costs.
Data show that nocturia negatively affects both sleep and daytime
performance and its impact on work productivity is in line with many
other chronic conditions. Patients with nocturia should seek specific
treatment for this debilitating condition.
It is expected that proper treatment of insomnia might reduce the
occurrence of nocturia.