When persons awaken at night to solely relieve the urge to urinate it is called nocturia. Nocturia is not just a nuisance. It is disruptive to sleep which has many serious medical consequences.
Unfortunately, nocturia is commonly and erroneously attributed to urological causes: an enlarge prostate in men and an overactive bladder in women. In fact, nocturia is most frequently caused by nocturnal polyuria, which is often secondary to serious medical conditions.
Diagnosing and treating nocturia, or more correctly, nocturnal polyuria, provides appropriate intervention of medical conditions causing these common symptoms, while preventing additional harm promoted and perpetuated by the disruption of sleep.