Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee


Sleep Related Enuresis (Bedwetting)

Sleep related enuresis, commonly referred to as bedwetting, involves urinating during sleep and occurs most often during deep (stage 3) sleep. Bedwetting occurs more frequently in children, and in some cases carries over into adulthood. Bedwetting is frequently the result of a failure of the brain to engage in appropriate “alarming” of bathroom needs during sleep before urination occurs. Bedwetting has been reported to have a genetic predisposition. As part of the evaluation of this disorder, a medical workup is required to rule out medical problems (such as anatomical/urinary problems) that may be causing the episodes of bedwetting. Bedwetting can be exacerbated by other sleep disorders (such as OSA), sleep deprivation, substance use/medications, or stress. It is treated in some cases using medication, but more often is treated using “alarming” devices to arouse the patient from sleep before bedwetting occurs.
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