Nocturnal Urination (Nocturia) Remedies

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Treatment of nocturia involves regulating the urinary system. Some individuals may be able to balance their liquid intake versus their output at night. However, many benefit more fully from natural support such as grapefruit juice and rice vinegar.

What is Nocturia?

Defined as a condition in which an individual must wake throughout the night to urinate, nocturia is a condition that affects both men and women and is more common with age. Symptoms of the condition include the need to rise from sleeping more than once throughout the night as well as disruptions in the normal sleep cycle. Nocturia has several different causes including high fluid intake, untreated diabetes, congestive heart failure, sleeping disorders, certain medications, bladder obstruction, bladder infection and several others.

Natural Remedies for Nocturnal Urination

Treating nocturnal urination hinges on relieving pressure on the urinary system. While some individuals are able to balance this independently, others benefit from support. Grapefruit juice and rice vinegar are two effective natural options for treating nocturia.

Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit functions as a powerful antioxidant. The fruit and the natural juice contain an enzyme that detoxes the blood and circulatory system and relieves symptoms of nocturia. The fruit also delivers important nutrients to the body supporting general health at the same time.

Rice Vinegar

Rice vinegar offers a number of healthful benefits that also help treat nocturnal urination. Vinegar is a powerful antiseptic, so it cleanses the system of any bacteria that may be contributing to the condition. Also, the compound contains nearly 20 amino acids which support cell function and regulation as well as general circulatory health.

Caused by a number of different factors, nocturia is characterized by the inability to sleep through the night without the need to wake to urinate more than once. Regulating fluids, treating underlying conditions and using natural supports effectively help treat the condition, however.

Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda)

Posted by Ian (Nottinghamshire) on 10/22/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I was getting up to urinate 4 times every night.

My cure that worked for me is a teaspoon of Bicarbonate of soda in a quarter glass of water at 7pm and the same measure again at 9pm. I go to bed at 11pm. This guaranteed me 6 hours uninterrupted sleep.The only drawback is slight constipation or hard stools and quite thirsty upon waking up. No caffeine produce during the afternoon too.

Replied by Terry
Solomons, Md

I am going to try this tonight and see what happens. Can the body become too alkaline if one does this every night? Will let you know what happens.

Replied by Traci

You can get pH test strips and check your urine to make sure what you are doing isn't making you too alkaline. Check any pharmacy.

Replied by Terry
Solomons, Md

I tried this for the first time and I really did sleep better. Will try it again tonight and hopefully I'll have better results.

Replied by Terry
Solomons, Md

I tried this and it worked; however, I'm reluctant to do this every night...just too much bicarb for the body and the risk of serious consequences...just my feelings.

Replied by Holly


Nutmeg helps me during the day to keep down the number of trips to the loo. Have not tried this at night...but perhaps it would help you. 1/4 teaspoon is all it takes.

Nettle root is another herb that is helpful to older men who have prostrate issues, which can include frequent nighttime urination. It comes in capsules.


Replied by Kittenlover

pH strips are very unreliable. The kidneys compensate quickly. Urine pH does not measure blood pH and too much bicarbonate can produce a dangerous situation.

Brown Rice

Posted by Rick (New Jersey) on 12/10/2015
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Turns out that a serving (1/2 cup) of brown rice about 1/2 hr before going to sleep may reduce nocturia. The theory is that the rice absorbs water (from the vascular system) by bringing it into your gut instead of excretion via your kidneys/bladder. I used to awake every 2-3 hrs. Now I am up to 6 hrs of blissful, uninterrupted sleep.

I used to make my own rice but discovered Minute rice - and others - had a microwaveable single-serving package that took only 1 minute to heat and serve. No mess, no fuss.

I am curious if this works for others.

Replied by Mimi
Hampstead Nh

Does it have to be "brown" rice?

Grapefruit Juice

Posted by Slim CS (San Rafael, California ) on 11/04/2020 6 posts
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I have been needing to go to the bathroom 7 - 8 times every night for the past seven months. Needless to say, this has affected my sleep patterns quite a bit.

I started drinking grapefruit juice a couple of times a day about a week ago. I had relief almost immediately. I am down to 3 - 4 times a night and hoping this will improve even more over time. I am really grateful for Kathy's grapefuit juice post from 2010, as well as the one that mentions Pumpkin seed oil. I'm doing a combination therapy of grapefruit juice and pumpkin seed oil capsules.

Replied by Art
729 posts

Slim CS,

Low dose melatonin will also reduce nocturia as outlined here :


Replied by Slim CS
San Rafael, California
6 posts

Art, melatonin has not worked for me, but grapefruit juice has, almost immediately.

Replied by Slim CS
San Rafael, California
6 posts

Update: Last night, I was down to waking up just two times during the night! Seems too good to be true. And to think my urologist wanted to put me on Myrbetriq! I'm glad I refused meds for this.

Replied by Art
729 posts

Hi Slim CS,

Thank you for the feedback! I'm sorry that the melatonin was not effective for the purpose. Not everything works for every person and some people respond faster that others. I am glad the grapefruit juice/fruit is effective for you, as it is a good feeling when you are able to alleviate a long standing health issue!


Posted by Collegeville (Pennsylvania) on 12/14/2016
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Prior to grapefruit juice up to 6 times a night. After grapefruit juice 1 time a night. Wish the doctors I had seen for years knew this.

Replied by Dennis

Is the Grapefruit juice still working for your nocturia? Are you able to sleep better with the juice? When do you take it and how often and how much?

Posted by Kathy (Dallas, Tx) on 06/09/2010
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Grapefruit Juice cured nocturia (need to get up and urinate in the night). I discovered this quite by accident. I was traveling by car on a long trip and at two different stops purchased a bottle (pint?)of 100% ruby red grapefruit juice to drink. That night I did not need to get up to use the bathroom during the night! I began drinking grapefruit juice daily. After a few weeks I no longer needed to drink the juice to maintain the healing.

Regarding grapefruit juice I also discovered when I was doing a colon cleanse and feeling poorly from the toxins being released that it helped my body clear out the toxins. Then learned from doing research it has an enzyme that helps the liver to detox the blood. It worked.

Replied by Joe
Nashville, Tennessee
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I also have nocturia and have been waking every 90 minutes at night for the past three years. Nothing my urologist prescribed helped it, and some of those meds like Flo Max (Tamsolusin) caused a really serious side effect that affected my heart rate, breathing and blood pressure dramatically, and I thought I was having a stroke. I also could not tolerate another drug called RapiFlo.

I happened to eat half a grapefruit one night before bed, and slept all night without waking. A happy accident? I tried it the next night and several other subsequent nights with the same results. I suppose the same ingredient is in grapefruit juice. Be careful if you take statin drugs like Lipitor (who doesn't these days?). Chemicals in grapefruit inhibit a digestive enzyme that breaks down the active ingredient in statin drugs. It could cause too high a dosage to go to your liver that might cause damage. I have no problem giving up Lipitor, as I am on an extremely low fat plant-based diet, and my lipids have fallen off dramatically so I no longer need the Lipitor. (Google Dr. Esselstyn diet if you are interested in the diet). Try grapefruit if you have nocturia.

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
2109 posts

Joe: I have experienced the same symptoms as you describe when using Grapefruit Juice, particularly prior to realizing I desperately needed a gallbladder cleansing. The Liver detox enzymes are already diminished from the lack of bile flow, then the Naringin from Grapefruit just literally shuts the body down, imho.

Replied by George
5 out of 5 stars

I tried this last night. It worked for me! I slept through the night with no urges! I generally get up 2-6 times a night.

Replied by Nick
Pittsburgh, Pa

What is the effective dose of grapefruit juice?

Replied by Mario
Dallas, Tx

To Joe from Nashville, u take grapefruit juice or you eat the pulp?

Replied by Antonio
Padua, Italy
1 out of 5 stars

Tried several days in a row, no effect whatsoever. Are grapefruits in the US from a different planet?

Replied by Terry
Solomons, Md
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I tried both the Ruby Red grapefruit juice and drinking the juice from fresh grapefruit. In both cases, there was no relief for me and I tried it 2 days in a row. I'm happy for all those folks who've had success but sad to say, the grapefruit juice "cure" did not work for me at all.

Liver Herbs

Posted by Lukeh (Atlanta, Ga) on 05/10/2015
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After 3.5 years of nocturia (usually having to get up every hour during the night), and nothing else helped consistently --- I'm finally onto something! Last fall when I noticed prominent veins in my inner thighs, a chiro said is sounded like liver congestion. On her advice I ate large quantities of fresh organic parsley & cilantro (in smoothies, or chutney) and the veins gradually returned to normal. But ALSO my nocturia slowed down. A few months later it speeded up again, and now I'm back on liver herbs daily and --- yippee --- nocturia is again on the decline. I'm working up to the full liver-gallbladder flush using olive oil & citrus juice. It seems (though no doctor suggested this) that upon lying down the blood flow somehow encourages the kidneys to work harder. (Doctors were thinking blood sugar or cortisol was causing nocturia, but that theory did not hold up). If this same cure works for anyone else, I'd be happy to hear about it.

Pickle Juice

Posted by David (California) on 08/11/2015
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I get up as many as 6 times a night. I started to take pickle juice just before bedtime for leg cramps (about 1 1/2 oz), but found that it also reduced my nightly visits to the loo. I think it is the salt, vinegar and herbs in the pickles that makes it work. Not scientific, but it is worth a try.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Posted by Muhsayy (Las Vegas) on 09/22/2017
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Guys, as simple as it seems, pumpkin seed oil works for nocturia. No pharmaceutical drugs need. I recently had bouts of nocturia (surprise! ). It got so bad that I was reluctant to go walking or driving any distance away from home. After researching the condition on this site and others, I decided to get pumpkin seed oil. In the meantime I got some raw unsalted pumpkin seeds from the supermarket, and the condition is history. In either form pumpkin seed oils work, and immediately!

Posted by Elisabeth (Oceanside, Ca) on 02/20/2016
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There were several studies performed using pumpkin seed oil (PSO) in the treatment of overactive bladders. The studies confirmed that PSO did in fact "significantly reduce the degree of Overactive Bladder System Score...and are effective for urinary disorders such as OAB in humans." (

Having struggled with OAB for the last 10 years, I was beginning to think I would simply have to accept the fact my sleep would continually be disrupted due to this issue. I did try various products to solve the problem, one a very expensive herbal product touted for women but at approx. $45 per month felt this to be too expensive. The other was saw palmetto which my husband regularly takes and is very effective for him.

I purchased a bottle of a popular brand of 1000 mg soft gels of PSO (at a cost of $11.24 at my local store) and started taking 2 per day. Wow! What a striking difference after only 1 day. Instead of waking to the urgency of a bathroom call several times in the night I woke only once and that to a gentle pressure. The successive nights were similar and one night I was able to simply ignore it and actually fall back asleep. Mind you, I have only been taking this for 7 days while the studies were conducted over a longer period. I definitely will continue to take this product (also has other health benefits, I.e., anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory) and perhaps increase dosage to 4 mg per day and then taper off back to 2 mg per day.

Replied by Nick

Now foods version is packed on pumpkin seed oil. Recent studies show that for men doing strength training, Saw palmetto may be a DHT blocker which would be a bad thing. I may try it if I can get some sleep though.

Rice Vinegar

Posted by David (San Diego, Ca) on 11/18/2009
4 out of 5 stars

I am 80 and bothered by frequent nocturnal urination (as often as every hour). After taking 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, the frequency is 2-3 hours.

Any info on rice vinegar usage?

Replied by Ron Mccann
Saskatoon, Canada

Had Nocturia really bad.I was having to get up 4 plus times a night to relieve myself. Did all the normal stuff- no caffeine (coffee or tea), no chocolate, no fluids at night, etc, etc. with no effect. I had to keep my fluids up as I am on a high fiber diet. I was drinking up to 2 liters a day of caffeine-free diet root-beer. Cutting back on this intake did not work. This diet soda contains Aspartame sweetner- which I later read was implicated in bladder irritation that can cause Nocturia. Quitting that soda entirely and substituting water did not work. I tried fruit juices as a substitute but it didn't work either, and I was consuming much too much sugar. Two weeks ago I switched to plain old regular BEER - 4 cups (1 liter) over the course of the day and evening, and I made up the rest with with the diet root beer. It worked. Immediately. The nocturia ceased utterly. Go figure.

Replied by Laura
Maryland, US

That is so weird because I have been trying to cut back on beer and that is when my nocturia really got bad! I am happy to hear about the grapefruit juice and rice vinegar, I will see if that helps!


Posted by Francis (Africa) on 06/19/2014

Re: frequent urination... It appears salt works. I have managed to reduce night frequency to one and I am continuing to carry out more tests.

Replied by Carolyn
Madison, Wi

Francis, how much salt are you using?

Replied by Luke
Atlanta, Ga
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Worked Temporarily

I've been having to get up every hour for a couple of years. A book suggested that salt + carbohydrate would alter the interstitial fluid. I made a salt brine of Himalayan salt in filtered water (try youtube). A little experimentation showed that if I take 14 drops salt brine + 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or raw honey) with a water chaser on an empty stomach --- my bladder will fill at half the rate and gradually increase in speed again. It provides me temporary relief.

Replied by Charity
Faithville, Us

Some people use nutmeg during the day to cut the urge but you would have to read up on it and not overdo it.

I use charcoal capsules at bedtime for many health issues and it really helps my body calm down and rest. I have pain coming from many different directions and it can be hard to stay asleep. Charcoal is in the digestion isle of pharamacy, if you are interested.

White Kidney Bean Extract

Posted by Snorton (Westlake Village, Ca) on 10/12/2018
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Recently someone mentioned a friend having problems with frequent nighttime urination. I hadn't thought about it before but I would get up several times at night myself. In fact, I had been getting up for so long that I couldn't remember when it started. I also realized that when I went out shopping, I would plan for locations where I could visit a restroom. I just put it all to drinking too much coffee during the day. I visited the Earth Clinic site and decided to try drinking grapefruit juice before bedtime to see if it helped. It did! But it was somewhat variable in helping.

One morning I awoke and realized that I had slept through the night but I hadn't had grapefruit juice the previous evening. In thinking what I had done different that day, the only difference from any other day is that I had taken a carb blocker (white kidney bean extract) before lunch. So I stopped the grapefruit juice and experimented with taking the carb blocker once a day. I tried three different brands of carb blocker, all with the same result: no nighttime visits to the bathroom. In fact, my bladder was not overly full in the morning and I urinated less during the day. It also seems that I drink less liquid during the day. It appears to work but I have no idea why.