Pissing at night is like cleaning your water bottle – you either do it all the time or not. And if you pee at night, that's probably not something you're happy about. Not only can it disturb your sleep and your circadian rhythm, but if you often resist the urge to go (because you know it's 3am), it can be harmful to your internal organs.
And according to new research traveling at night in the bathroom could be a sign of a health problem. A new study by the European Society of Cardiology has found that it can be an indicator of high blood pressure during frequent urination at night.
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The study itself examined the association between nocturnal peeing and high blood pressure in the general Japanese population. The researchers found that the risk of hypertension actually increased as the number of nocturia events increased per night. To put it simply, the more people had to use the bathroom, the higher the risk of high blood pressure.
"We found that getting up at night to urinate was 40 percent more likely to have hypertension," Konno said. "And the more visits to the toilet, the higher the risk of hypertension."
These findings are important not only for those suffering from nocturia, but also that Konno explains that this study has implications for the prevention of heart disease – especially since a billion people have hypertension worldwide a significant risk factor for heart disease.
"Early detection and treatment of high blood pressure are very important in preventing cardiovascular disease, and we should remember that nocturia is not only caused by urinary tract problems, but also by systemic diseases such as hypertension."
means, if you are a nightmare, do not worry. Konno says that these results do not prove a causal relationship between nocturia and hypertension, but only a strong correlation. "The relationship between high blood pressure and nocturia can be influenced by several factors, including lifestyle, salt intake, ethnicity and genetic background." In other words, it may be that you only have excess fluid in your body or should decrease your salt intake. However, if you need to continue to pee at night, it may be advisable to ask your doctor on your next visit to measure your blood pressure and salt level. In this way, you can get to the bottom of the problem and find better sleep.