Incontinence or a leaky bladder could be common in old age but is not necessarily an inevitable sign of aging. This could also occur due to several factors such as injuries caused by weakening of the pelvic muscles, heavy vaginal birth, contacting UTIs, and others. Some people experience an uncontrollable loss of urine when they sneeze, cough, or laugh due to stress or digestive illness. The issue of leaking worsens at night because our bodies produce less urine which is more concentrated and acidic aggravating a sensitive bladder. This only leads to multiple bathroom trips at night.
Incontinence also affects people emotionally. People dealing with urinary incontinence are generally embarrassed about leaving their homes. They are afraid of losing their social invitations and friends, and even losing their jobs.
Try the following tips to get a good sleep without needing to worry about wearing adult diapers at night:
- Reduce fluid intake before going to bed. Drinking too much water or other fluids right before going to bed increases your chances of going to the bathroom in the middle of the night. This only ends up disrupting your sleep. It is worse for people with limited mobility, hence, waking up and using the bathroom in the middle of the night becomes a hassle. Stay away from sugary drinks, and carbonated or caffeinated drinks, and stick to drinking plain water.
- Escalate pelvic floor muscle capacity. One of the main reasons for incontinence is the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles due to any injury, pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, etc. Exercising daily can help you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. There are specific exercises for strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. You can always look up videos online on Google or YouTube that would help you understand the basics. One of the best ways to improve and maintain bowel and bladder function is to engage in Kegel exercises. Both men and women can perform these exercises to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles and improve or even eliminate urinary incontinence.
- Sleep in a comfortable position. This might come as a shocker to you all but your sleeping position also adds to the incontinence issue at night. Sleeping on your tummy puts stress on your bladder causing urine to leak. Working out a solution for an overactive bladder or urinary incontinence may take some time. Meanwhile, working on your sleeping position can help you to protect yourself from urine leaks at night.
- Go frequently before bedtime. If you frequently wake up to urinate at night time, this could be an indication of a more significant health issue. Consuming a lot of fluids right before bedtime might make incontinence worse and lead to leaks. If you put off using the restroom, especially right before bed, your bladder will hold urine for a long time. The bladder muscles may deteriorate if this is done frequently. Make it a routine to use the bathroom as often as necessary, especially before going to bed. This helps reduce the pressure on your bladder for the rest of the night.
- Use a leak-proof mattress protector. To prevent a baby from wetting the bed, mothers often use a leak-proof mattress or bed protector. If you are looking to ditch adult diapers at night, mattress protectors are the way to go. Underpads or chux are super absorbent sheets that act as an added protection under the beddings. They prevent the beddings from getting soiled from urinary or bowel incontinence. Though used mainly for beddings they can also be applied on multiple surfaces including sofas, chairs, wheelchairs, and so on.
Sounds convenient, right? It is, however, important to note that buying the right underpads for maximum comfort is important. Hence, we bring to you Dignity Mattey Underpads. The super-absorbent core of Dignity Mattey Underpads immediately locks in the moisture. Its distinctive quilted pattern design aids in quick and even fluid dispersion. Thanks to the fabric-like comfort provided by the extra soft top sheet, the user can sleep and feel dry and comfortable.
Mattey Underpads come in two different varieties:
- Mattey Disposable Underpads are equipped with an adhesive silicone release liner that sticks to your bedding or any other surface to minimize pad displacement due to any movement.
- The tuckable wings of Mattey Tuckable Underpads can be used to tuck the underpads under the mattress to keep them in place. The side seals on these underpads prevent any leakage, and they are simple to toss off.
Adult diapers are definitely your best option in tackling incontinence. They help in reviving your daily lifestyle by providing you the freedom to walk out of your home with confidence. Although wearing them at night could be uncomfortable to some of you. In this case, you can follow the above tips to get rid of them at night.
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