Why is no one talking about the biggest cause of sleep disturbance? The need to pee at night

Every other day there’s a report posted online about the risks of sleep deprivation – yet no one’s talking about the major reason people of all ages are struggling to sleep: nocturia

Nocturia is the medical term for sleep being interrupted more than once a night by the need to get up and urinate. It’s increasingly being considered a major health problem with approximately 1 in 3 people aged above 30 – and over 50 per cent of men and women aged 55-plus – suffering from nocturia. As we get older the problem will inevitably get worse due to natural hormonal and physiological changes to the bladder.

The problems nocturia causes, exhaustion, mood swings, daytime sleepiness, impaired productivity, fatigue, inability to concentrate, and increased risk of accidents, stem from the difficulty in getting back to sleep after a trip to the loo. In the US it has been estimated that the economic cost of sleep disturbance is over $400 billion a year. Add to this the very serious risk of falls and injury, particularly with the elderly, studies from Germany suggest nocturia accounts for over 250,000 fractures a year and you can see why the problem urgently needs to be aired and addressed.

Enter a solution: the Handi-p. An innovative 21st-century reinvention of the chamber pot to help you (and your partner) get back to sleep quicker and reduce injury risk.

The Handi-p has been designed to look like a vase so doesn’t need to be hidden away. It`s to be used sitting or standing by the bedside – and possibly without having to fully wake up. There’s no lid and so its permanently open, ready for use (no fumbling around in the dark) yet it remains spill-proof, odour-proof, noise-reducing and visible thanks to a removable glow-in-the-dark band round the neck.

The normal average adult bladder discharges approximately 265 ml of urine per void and the design of the Handi-p allows it to safely contain 650ml; With this amount inside, even if the unit is knocked over or dropped, thanks to it`s unique design there is no spillage. If necessary, the Handi-p can hold a total of up to 1,400ml and remains incredibly stable. A video demo can be seen here: Handi-p demonstration

It’s incredible that such a simple, inexpensive and well thought out device with the attributes of the Handi-p, (that at the very least offers great convenience to the user and at best could save a life), does not get the consideration it deserves in such a sleep deprived, risk aware society.

The story of its development, rationale for use and compelling statistics fully support its usefulness in all homes for all ages and can be found at www.handi-p.com

Better sleep, better health, better life now has an affordable and easy option, the Handi-P.

For lazy guys who can get away with it! (Tongue in cheek……..)

Getting up to pee at night is a real bummer. It wakes you up and can really disturb your sleep and that of your partner if you`re lucky enough to have one. By the way, you`re not alone!

There’s a medical term for getting up to pee at night, `nocturia` and it affects 1 in 3 people over the age of 30 and 50% of over 55 year olds. It can`t be avoided due to hormonal and physiological changes in the bladder as we age, sad news is it`ll just get worse as we get older. Millions just accept it as a part of the ageing process but it can have a major negative impact on your life so medical osteopath Robin Shepherd has invented a modern day chamber pot for use by able bodied people in the comfort of their bedroom.

Ok, so there might be a perceived yuk factor here, peeing alongside your bedside, smell, noise, `going back to the dark ages`? You could be right, but Shepherd has thought this through and designed something that looks like an Ikea vase, captures odour, reduces sound, and best of all if it`s knocked over it doesn’t spill! It`ll take 2 full bladders safely and go on to take up to 5 full bladders and remain incredibly stable like a ships decanter. There’s even a removable glow in the dark band so you can find it easily without switching on the light. Next morning simply empty, rinse and you`re ready for another good nights sleep.

The convenience is huge, no more tricky trips to the loo, risking injury, waking up your partner and most importantly fully waking up yourself. Better sleep, better health equals better life.

So if you`re lazy, compromised, or simply want to invest in a better nights sleep (and can get away with peeing in the bedroom), then the Handi-P could be your new best friend.

Shepherd has a female version waiting in the wings with a `fanny funnel` as well as a camouflage model for camping and a smaller one the `Kiddie-P` for kids on the move.

The effect of nocturia on sleep

If you want to understand fully the rationale behind the Handi-P, why it was created and how it might help, take a look at the paper below. It`s one of the most comprehensive pieces of research into the highly detrimental effects of nocturia on the sufferer, their family and society.

Nocturia is by far the biggest cause of sleep disruption and all the potential dangers that entails. If the Handi-p can help reduce those dangers it’ll be worth the journey.


Lack of sleep costs the UK £40 billion a year study finds.

Bosses should consider providing nap rooms for employees and not expect them to answer emails after hours, according to a new report into the effects of sleep deprivation on productivity.

Workers who don’t turn up because they are exhausted or ill through lack of sleep – or those who do come to work but are tired and sluggish – cost the UK $50 billion (£40 billion) a year, found the study. Continue reading “Lack of sleep costs the UK £40 billion a year study finds.”

Tips for helping women deal with night time urination

For many, it first happens with a pregnancy. We can’t seem to get through the night without visiting the bathroom at various inconvenient hours. And as we get older, we may again feel like slaves to our needy bladders.

The good news is that if your bladder is waking you up at night at various times to urinate, or what scientists call “nocturia,” there are small but effective changes you can make for better sleep.

It’s also important to talk to your doctor because frequent urination can be more than just a nuisance — it can also be a sign of an underlying medical condition.

Tips for dealing with night time urination:

•Keep a voiding diary. Monitor your drinking and your urine output. Take note of whether you are urinating too much around the clock, or just at night. If you’re urinating more than eight times in 24 hours, that’s too much. A lot depends on your age. And if you’re between age 65-70 and going more than twice a night, you should make an appointment with your doctor. Also, see a doctor if you are getting up more than once a night if you are between age 60-65, and more than three times each night if you are age 70 or older. While your bladder’s capacity does not necessarily decrease with age, the prevalence of overactive bladder increases with age.
•Limit your intake of fluids two hours before bedtime. Drinking too close to bedtime can cause the need to urinate at night. And alcohol and caffeine — bladder stimulants — should be limited all day long. Cut back to just one alcoholic beverage, or none at all, and decrease your current caffeine intake.
•Check for sleep apnea. During deep sleep, our bodies produce antidiuretic hormone (ADH). This allows us to retain more fluid overnight. People with sleep apnea do not get into the deep stages of sleep, so their bodies don’t make enough of this hormone. In addition, the drops in oxygen levels during apnea episodes trigger the kidneys to excrete more water. In this case, treating sleep apnea should take care of the problem.
•Exercise, and wear support hose for swelling in your feet or legs. If you experience swelling in your feet or legs, you’ll probably wake more often overnight to urinate. That’s because the fluid pooling in your extremities during the day will be reabsorbed into your system once you lie down with your feet at the level of your heart. Then the fluid will head to your kidneys to be processed. To help with this issue, exercise and wear support hose to try to get that fluid processed before bedtime.
•Elevate your legs. In the late afternoon, if you prop up your legs for an hour at the level of your heart, this can help you urinate during the day (rather than at night).

Some of it is part of aging:

It’s true that as we age, our bodies make less of a hormone that allows us to retain fluids, so our bladders fill more rapidly. Our bladders are also able to hold less urine as we get older.

Between these two factors, women beyond age 60 should expect to wake to use the bathroom at least once each night. But even so, these tips can help minimize the nightly washroom excursions for women of any age.