6 Reasons You Have To Pee All The Time That Have Nothing To Do With Drinking Too Much Water
If you're always rushing to the bathroom, it could be because you're downing coffee like you'll never get another sip again, or it could signify a greater problem outside your caffeine intake. Let's assume it's the latter. There are weird reasons you're peeing so much, which could be caused by underlying health issues. If so, it's best to get checked with a doctor or urologist, as well, in order to clear or mitigate symptoms. While some conditions might be chronic and permanent, they can help with tips for maintenance, long-term.
As a certified health coach, I work with clients on feeling comfortable in their bodies and having great digestive comfort and urinary tract health. If you find yourself peeing all the time, it can be really disruptive to your wellbeing and productivity (those office bathroom runs can really add up in minutes). What's more, sometimes it can be painful if you're constantly feeing the urgency to make that dash to the restrom, with little actual relief. Of course, this pattern can be challenging to deal with, and it can make a simple bathroom trip feel like a chore. Here are seven weird reasons you might be peeing so much and what to do about it.
1You Have Sleep Apnea
When you have sleep apnea you might be waking up off and on in the middle of the night, and when you do, you could also be rushing to the bathroom. Peeing in excess can be a symptom of sleep apnea, and it can take you away from precious time getting those zzz's. Meeting with your primary care physician or a sleep specialist who can help you find a cure for the disruption.
2You Have Diabetes
According to Partha Nandi, MD, physician and author of Ask Dr. Nandi, having diabetes could make you have an overactive bladder. Here's why: When your blood sugar levels are too high, it can interfere with the kidneys from filtering and functioning as they should. As a result, excess sugar that your body can't process is excreted as urine, and this can cause you to keep needing to go.
Believe it or not, if you are dehydrated, you might feel the urge to pee more. Dehydration can be linked to diabetes as a common side-effect, but also when you're losing fluids in the body, it can put pressure on the kidneys to increase that urge to go. Plus, when you do start drinking more out of dehydration, you'll obviously need to go, as well. By drinking more, especially coffee, which is a diuretic, you'll need to go to the bathroom more urgently, says Nandi.
4You Have A UTI
Nandi cautions against a urinary tract infection, which can happen with irritants affect the bladder, causing you to have to pee more often (and usually with more pain and perhaps a fever). As a UTI is temporary, these are short-term symptoms that can be cleared with antibiotics.
5You Have Interstitial Cystitis
Nandi says that interstitial cystitis (otherwise known as painful bladder syndrome) can be accompanied by the need to pee, with urgency and pain, so it's pretty tough to deal with. And, unfortunately, there's no real way to cure it, as it's a chronic condition that requires maintenance. A few tips? Avoid drinking too close to bed time, as you'll make fewer pee breaks.
Believe it or not, but sometimes anxiety alone can make you have to pee more. Plus, it can become a cycle. You're anxious, so you may pee more. Then you may think everyone knows you pee too much, so as a result, you get even more anxious, and then you have to pee again. Ugh. Luckily, this doesn't indicate a greater medical issue you may not be aware of already.
If you have these medical and mental conditions, it could explain why you're going to the bathroom so often. Your best bet? See a doctor for help in figuring out a solution for any possible chronic condition.