10 Things Your Bladder Says About Your Health

Possible bladder message: Sleep apnea
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Untreated sleep apnea -- a breathing disorder in which abnormal pauses in breathing during sleep can cause someone to abruptly wake up -- is becoming more and more commonly diagnosed by urologists, says Adam Tierney, a urologist with Dean Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin. That's because regular doctors can't see it during checkups; it's the night urination that's noticed first.

In one study, Israeli researchers reported that in a group of men aged 55 to 75 who had benign prostate enlargement (BPE) and reported nocturia -- the need to get up at night to urinate -- more than half of their night wakings were probably actually attributable to sleep apnea.

What you can do: Report excessive night urination to your doctor so its true cause can be pinpointed.