Bedwetting In Adults: Causes And Treatment To Stop Bedwetting

When an adult wets the bed, nights can be filled with anxiety and upset. Bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis is involuntary passage of urine while in sleep.

The condition is more embarrassing especially if it is present in adults.

Bedwetting In Adults

Adult bed-wetting is of two types: in one set of persons bed wetting continues since birth, and extends in adulthood, this is due to some genetic changes and treating such condition is exhaustive and difficult. The other set of persons have started bed wetting suddenly in adulthood.

Causes Of Bedwetting In Adults

There are many causes of bed wetting in adults, they are:

  • Infection in bladder: involuntary urination in sleep can occur in a person when he loses bladder control due to infective pathology in bladder.
  • Weak muscles: weak muscles of urinary tract may be due to age or due to certain disease like prostatitis or after surgery. Weakened control of these muscles will make the urine to dribble involuntarily.
  • Bladder cancer is another cause of bed wetting in adults.
  • Medicines and illness: anti-anxolytic medicine and barbiturates may cause deep sleep, and the patient may not realize the urge at night and thus he may pass urine involuntarily.
  • Mental conditions: anxiety, fear and depression are some of the stressful factors beside Alzheimer’s disease which are responsible for bed wetting in adults.
  • Pregnancy and prostrate enlargement can cause pressure on the bladder and lead to bed wetting at night.

Bedwetting In Adults Treatment

Treatment to stop bed wetting in adults include:

  • Cranberry juice: Cranberry juice before sleeping helps in many adults to eradicate infection in the bladder, the main cause of bed wetting in adults. This way urinary bladder will be able to hold urine for longer periods.
  • Walnuts and raisins when consumed two hours before sleep will help in fighting bed wetting problem.
  • Natural herbs, such as oak bark, wormwood are other remedies for bed wetting in adults.
  • Limit your liquid intake in evening.
  • Use the bathroom before bed.
  • Practice to stop urine midway while passing the urine; this will strengthen the bladder muscles and help to stop bed wetting.


  1. MN said:

    I have an 11 yr old grandson who is still wetting the bed. My daughter and his doctor have tried everything and nothing seems to work. Is there anything that I can do to help him to stop urinating in the bed? I hope that one day he will outgrow it. Is there any natural remedy that I can try?

    June 23, 2012
    • PUP said:

      • Give him a teaspoon of raisins to eat half hour before he goes to sleep.
      • Chewing cinnamon bark is also effective in treating bed wetting.
      • Massaging the inner thigh with St. John’s wort oil is also known to be effective in reducing the condition.
      • Homeopathic medicines such as Kreosote, Causticum, Equisetum, Cina have been found to be beneficial.

      June 26, 2012

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