Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sleep Apnea and bedwetting

Sleep apnea seems to have a host of irritating side effects. The worse one is not getting enough rest, which leads to a plethora of problems. Another one that you might not have thought of is bedwetting; both children and adults experience this frustrating problem.

Bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis is divided into 2 groups:

  1. Primary nocturnal enuresis, which is the most common form of bedwetting, is where young children continue to wet their bed after the age where the majority of children stay dry.  
  2. Secondary nocturnal enuresis where the child or adult starts to wet their bed after an extended period of being dry.

In children the main reason for bedwetting or PNE is the delay of being able to tell when they have to urinate and their ability to hold their bladder. Heredity also can play a part in bedwetting in that if one of the parents were a bed wetter then there is a 40 percent chance that the child would be too. Children who have sleep apneas also have a risk of bedwetting.

Secondary nocturnal enuresis occurs in about 2% of the adult population. The causes of SNE could be prostrate enlargement, bladder infection, diabetes and sleep apnea. As for the sleep apnea causing bedwetting, controlling the apnea should help eliminate the secondary enuresis.

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