Bed-wetting also called nighttime incontinence or nocturnal enuresis. It is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which staying dry at night can be reasonably expected.
Bed wetting in adults can be very embarrassing especially when it comes to taking your beddings out to dry; some never take them for drying at all. This among others may cause students to leave school because of the trauma for being laughed at.
Some married men and women get dumped and in the end an individual is left with self-hate, isolation and stress. And once this problem persists, it can get scary since some doctors say it may be a sign of a serious disease like diabetes.
Peter 18 (not real name) says he has been humiliated several times while at school because of the condition.
“I was taken to a good boarding school simply because my parents thought I could get shamed and stop wetting my bed. But this didn’t help. I felt shy to take my beddings outside and I ran away from the school in the first three weeks of first term because the students bullied and mocked me.”
Just like peter, many married couples also go through the same problem and some even end up separating with their partners. Rose (not real name) separated with the father of her two children because of the condition.
“My husband used to work from up country as I stayed at home. One day he came home without informing me, he entered the bedroom and sat on the bed which was drenched in urine, he took the beddings outside, left immediately and has never come back,” she says.
Martin Asaba a medical doctor noted that “Bed wetting is normal in children as they grow. It is involuntarily done and it is a normal thing unless after the age of seven and above where the person may need medical attention since it may turn out to be a sign of another serious disease.”
Idah Tumusiime, a counselor says bedwetting might be psychological. For example if one is too stressed. Though counseling may not be the best solution, Tumusiime believes such people need to see a counselor to get treatment.
“If you stay with people who bed wet, harassing and mortifying them may not be a solution, rather give them support. For example wake them up at night and take their beddings outside if they feel shy to do it,” she adds.
Hormonal imbalance may cause bed wetting because some people don’t produce enough anti diuretic hormones that are responsible for slowing down night urine production. Stress can also cause prolonged bed wetting.
The condition is also a sign of urinary tract infection which makes it hard for a person to control and contain urine for a certain period of time. Other signs of infection can be frequent urinating or pain when urinating.
If a person is a deep sleeper and they have an immature bladder, they are likely to wet the bed since they don’t wake up to urinate at night.
Avoid taking a lot of fluids especially in the late afternoon or evening hours to reduce the amount of urine produced.
Set alarms to wake up around four o’clock. These alarms will in the process train the bladder so that with time the waking up will be automatic.
Take your beddings outside to avoid spread of other disease that may come with poor hygiene.
Above all seek medical advice because this can be a symptom of a serious disease like diabetes.