Sleep Apnea Treatment May Decrease Nightly Trips To Bathroom
MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans battle bothersome nighttime conditions, such as sleep apnea or the need to get up frequently to urinate.
Now, new research suggests that treating the former condition with CPAP “mask” therapy might also help ease the latter.
“This is the first study to show the true incidence of nocturia — peeing at night — in patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. It’s also the first study to show the size of the effect of positive pressure mask treatment [CPAP] in patients with obstructive sleep apnea on their nocturia symptoms,” said lead researcher Sajjad Rahnama’i, of Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands.
Rahnama’i presented his team’s findings Sunday at the European Association of Urology (EAU) annual meeting in London.
One U.S. apnea expert who reviewed the new findings said apnea and nighttime overactive bladder often go together.
“No one is certain why this association occurs, although there are plausible theories,” said Dr. Alan Mensch, chief of pulmonary medicine at Plainview Hospital in Plainview, N.Y.
“It is known that untreated sleep apnea patients produce a larger urine volume at night,” he said. Also, the oxygen depletion that occurs in episodes of sleep apnea stimulate blood flow to the kidneys, Mensch said, and simply being awakened may also make people more aware of the need to pee.
Whatever the cause, Mensch said research shows that almost one-third of men aged 60 and older are bothered by nocturia.