Nocturia (nocturnal enuresis) is a medical term for excessive urination especially at night and during sleep. This is a medical
condition and a symptom of any of the different types of urinary disorder. This is a secondary bedwetting syndrome marked by
involuntary loss of urine and is common in the elderly.
Bedwetting is prevalent in children from age 0 to about 4 years old. A child’s bladder reaches maturity by the time the toddler is potty trained, usually at
age 5. Although every child’s bladder matures at different age, children generally stop bedwetting by the time they reach 6 years old. When a child suddenly
starts bedwetting again after a long period of being dry then parents should start to worry.
Healthy individuals are usually able to sleep for at least six to eight hours without waking up from sleep for urinating.
However, people suffering from this syndrome wake up more than once at night to pass urine. This can disrupt normal cycle of
sleep in individuals. It is one of the major signs of Nocturia. In a person with this disorder the body produces a large amount
of urine while he or she sleeps. There may be release of a high volume of urine that can even be more than 2 litres every day.
The person finds it unable to hold high volume of urine at night and is forced to wake up and urinate.