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.
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.
When I came across the word "nocturia" I got the bright idea to look on my favorite website for a remedy. It was the day after I had to get up at least 13 times. The usual is about 5 or 6 times a night which is already pretty bad. The first night after the grapefruit remedy I got up 3 or 4 times which was a huge improvement but each day it has gotten better. Last night it was one time and that hasn't happened in years. I am freezing the grapefruit juice so I enjoy it more. I'm getting about 3 1/2 ounces before bed and 3 1/2 ounces in the afternoon. I chop it with a fork to make it slushy and it is really tasty that way.
After several months of having to get up and pee several times (5+) in the middle of the night, I decided to start researching natural treatments. I ran across Earth Clinic, and those reporting good results from grapefruit juice. I really like the Texas Rio Star grapefruit which isn't in season yep. So I bought the grapefruit juice yesterday and drank 8oz about 45min b/f bed. WOW. it works. I only woke up to 1 time to go pee. Thank you to those that suggested grapefruit juice. I will continue taking this remedy and provide additional updates on my progress.
Grapefruit juice 100% worked for me!!!
I love this website. I've learned how to fix my sciatica, sleep better at night (thank you Art! ), and many other things. Most things are just quality of life. Nocturia, for example, was never really an issue but suddenly after I fixed my insomnia, I had this weird thing where I get up to pee anywhere between 7 and 13 times a night. How annoying - and infuriating.
I don't think it matters the brand as long as it's real grapefruit juice. I use Florida's Best. If I drink it an hour (or more) before bed I still will get up to pee a few times, not NEARLY as much as usual, but still a handful of times. But if I drink it 45 minutes or LESS before bed I will only get up once, sometimes not at all and I can wait until I wake up.
I know there is a reason this works, but it makes no sense to me because common sense states that if I drink a HUGE glass of anything before bed, it's going to make me go to the bathroom a lot lol. But I just... don't with grapefruit juice.
IDC why it works I just know it works, so thank you!
Wow, I am happy to report Grapefruit Juice is working for me, too! I've had frequent urination at night for years, recently it was getting ridiculous, wondered if I got any decent sleep at all as was up several times a night. I was getting so anxious about it and that clearly made it worse. I had nothing to lose, so tried the grapefruit and have been steadily improving. I was previously up every hour or so, (it was awful), and first night after a grapefruit after dinner I was up every 3 hrs, and after a few more days of drinking a small glass of grapefruit juice after dinner I slept 3 hrs and then 5 hours straight. That's a big improvement for me.
I have no idea why this works, but I am very thankful to Earthclinic posters. Here's looking at you, Kathy!
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.
(Virginia Beach VA)
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.
I tried drinking grapefruit juice last night. It worked for me! I slept through the night with no urges! I generally get up 2-6 times a night.
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.
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.
I was getting up 2 to 3 times per night to urinate. Since taking Hawthorn berry I have only been getting up 1 time a night. I take a 565 mg capsule during the day and another before going to bed.
As a male in my mid-50's I usually have to get up to use the bathroom once per night. However, one night several weeks ago I massaged my feet with a hemp moisturizer before getting into bed. I slept all the way through the night, without interruption. I tried it again. Same thing, every night. I then went a night without it and had to get up to use the bathroom. I have no idea what this is doing and why, but it works....go figure.
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.
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.