What is nocturia (night-toilet)?

Are you sick and tired of waking up to urinate at night? You are not alone since half the Hong Kong adult population wakes up for night-toilet or “ye liu” and are bothered by this condition called Nocturia.

Under normal circumstances, there is no need for an adult to get up and urinate at night unless he/she drinks too much before going to bed. By reducing the amount of liquid intake before bedtime, especially those with diuretic properties such as tea and coffee, may help to alleviate the symptom of nocturia. However, we should not simply disregard it as a result of too much liquid intake at bedtime because it could be a symptom of some larger underlying problems, such as diabetes mellitus and chronic renal failure, which could be fatal if left untreated.

In addition, Nocturia is bothersome and clinical studies have shown that it could significantly diminish one’s overall well-being, vitality and productivity due to disturbed sleep at night. Also, it could lead to a significant level of indirect and intangible costs.

Do you have nocturia?

You can now follow this link to take a nocturia diagnostic questionnaire online and see your results immediately.

How common is nocturia?

Nocturia is very common in Hong Kong. It is reported that 47% of the population is suffering from this condition, much higher than that reported in other Asian countries.


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