Whatever time of the day you are dealing with incontinence, can seem like an uphill battle. However, struggling with incontinence during the night can seem impossible to manage as it disrupts your sleep and lifestyle.

Sleeping helps us to revive our bodies, it helps us to repair and prepare for the next day ahead. While you are asleep, there are many other active elements of your body at work and broken sleeping patterns can lead to mood swings, impaired judgment, memory issues, and greater risks of infection.

So, what are the first steps you can take today to manage your incontinence during the night?

Incontinence issues can happen to you no matter your age or walk of life, incontinence doesn’t discriminate or take any prisoners. But you are not alone. Don’t suffer alone. Take these steps to minimise your sleep interruptions as much as possible and make your night time routine more effective.

  1. Wear Protective Underwear or Pads– Admitting you need extra protection at night is not something any of us would find easy to come to terms with, but wearing incontinence pants or pads that are specifically designed for use at night time is not something to be ashamed of.
  2. Protect your Bedding – No one likes washing bedding, none of us start the week and think wow I can’t wait for bed washing day. But when it comes to incontinence changing your sheets becomes an even bigger chore than before, as most of the time it can mean changing your sheets a lot more often.
  3. Limit your fluid intake before bed – Nightly incontinence can be intensified by your lifestyle but more specifically by: the time in which you are drinking, what you are drinking, and how you’re drinking. With that in mind it’s best to try and avoid drinking any liquids 2 hours before you go to bed and if you do need a drink, stick to water and take small sips as and when you’re thirsty (no doses of caffeine before bed!).

If you find you’re still struggling after taking these steps, it might be best to contact a professional and book an appointment to discuss your concerns.

As we all now know, DO NOT take a good night’s sleep for granted.

See our post ‘Do you need help with incontinence?’

Check the NHS website for more information about this topic.