Nocturia is the urgency to interrupt sleep for urinating. One (1) episode of nocturia per night is considered to be within normal limits.
It should be pointed out that:
- Nocturia is a common symptom in both men and women and increases with age.
- Nocturia may be disturbing and cause sleep disorders with significant effect on the patient's quality of life.
- Nocturia is a symptom, not a diagnosis.
- Nocturia has to be evaluated by the physician for identifying the deeper causes that are associated with it (e.g. diabetes mellitus or prostate hypertrophy).