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Nocturnal Enuresis

Waking up to the problems of nocturnal enuresis (Photo courtsey of Kristian Thorjussen)

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Wetting the bed during childhood is so common that it almost feels like a rite of passage. However, while most of us can leave those damp nighttime disruptions behind in childhood, wetting the bed at night affects about 1 person in 100 throughout adult life. Not only can this problem send your dry cleaning bills through the roof, but it can also limit you in terms of relationships, holidays, business trips, and any activities away from home. Furthermore, even though it’s called “nocturnal enuresis”, it can actually happen at any time you are asleep – for example, if you doze off during a train journey. Waking up in an empty carriage, with a sodden copy of The Times on your lap and a number of hastily vacated seats around you, is a million times more embarrassing than going to see your GP, who will be able to advise you on treatment.

If you are worried about your child wetting the bed, watch how Taylor and his mum coped with the condition in the Clinic Consultation: Bed Wetting video.

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I stopped wetting the bed years ago I am 18 now and recently for the last 3 nights I have wet the bed continuously. I've tired to stop eating and drink late but it hasn't worked, I go to the toilet at least 4 times before I go to bed but I still wet the bed.





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Just happened to me tonight I was dreaming I was on a toilet and I didn't really think I was so I held it. Then I finally decided to urinate and it went all over as if I couldn't aim and I am female so aiming isnot necessary. But then I wake up beside my husband and my side is totally wet its a good thing he works nights but when will it stop ughh I feel so done with this so depressing.I've even prayed!





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I am a 23yr old male who has been struggling with bed wetting for my entire existence.. not sure what to do as my father thinks I just don't have enough discipline or that im lazy and don't wake up.. it's making me depressed and suicidal. My sister blackmailed me my entire childhood over it as well threatening to tell this person or that person.. me having to beg and plead her not to... im almost to the point where im done living.





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Never feel so badly about a medical problem that it forces you to choose life or death. Are you able to see a doctor? Usually there is an underlying medical condition which causes enuresis. Please seek help for that and most importantly reach out to others if you are in such despair you feel like your life is not worth living.

Please don't let this make u suicidal. I have lost two family members to suicide and as a mother I cannot imagine what pain your family would feel.

I sometimes wet the bed, have done all my life. I dream that I am on the toilet and before I realise I'm not it's too late. The shame is just too much :'( So far I've managed to hide it from my husband but I think today will be the day I HAVE to confess all. Worked he will leave me or will look at me in a different way. I feel so ashamed :'( Maybe it would be better if I just left as he doesn't deserve this :'(





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My husband drinks too much daily, he won't admit it is a problem, nor visit a doctor. He now regularly pees himself whilst asleep, and it all getting too much to deal with because he is hiding this as well as the initial alcohol drinking. I want to be supportive, but he is clearly very embarrassed and worse, usually drunk when it happens, so not approachable even with reassuring comments from me. I can't get him to see a doctor, he won't even read a leaflet/webpage on the subject - he just gets cross. Doe anyone have any advise please?





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Ugh the toilet dreams are THE worst is like my mind is playing games with me and tricks me into doing it. I'm going to start reading a sentence three times in a row before I go to the bathroom, a new one every time (so I can't memorize it), because you can't read when you're dreaming (text will say something new or nonsensical every time you try) so hopefully I can catch myself from here on out.





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I am 23 year old man and normally never have problems with bed wetting. Although, whilst on a couple of holidays in the past with my family, experienced some bed wetting and sleep walking. Am on holiday at present with some male friends and have had 2 nights of bed wetting. I feel worried and embarrassed, as we are sharing one room! I would really appreciate some advice asap.





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My son is 11 years old and he has started doing what bedding we have all the tests The alarm the tablets and nothing is stopping you seem to be getting worse what can we do





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I'm 23 and I can't stop wetting the bed please help it's ruining my life





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I keep having a dream that I go to the toilet, but half way through wake up and realise I'm actually wetting the bed. It's only recently started happening. I'm only 21 and never had bed wetting issues as a child. I seem to be urinating often during the day, to the extent of feeling I'm going to wet myself if I don't find a loo that very moment. Doctor thought it was a mild water infection and put me on tablets for a short course, but nothing seems to have worked. It's affecting my relationship with my boyfriend as I'm so worried that if i fall asleep in his bed, I'll wet and it will be an awkward situation Advice?





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I suffered the same problem a couple of years ago, for about 3 months. I got to the point where I was actually dreaming that I had woken up, realised I needed to wee and went to the bathroom so it was okay to wee. Then I really would wake up and rush to the loo but be too scared to wee in case I was still dreaming! Crazy I know! Anyway, I realised that the cause was actually stress. Both of my daughters had gone off to uni at this time and I was very stressed about their welfare. I started taking the daytime kalms and did a bit of yoga and did extra walks with the dogs. Eventually the bed wetting and weird dreams stopped. Although it did happen again briefly when moving house. Stress again.


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