I have successfully been able to go to bed earlier at get 7.5-8 hours of sleep in as dark of a room as possible, however, I keep waking up about an hour or 2 before I am supposed to and need to use the bathroom BAD! I eat dinner around 630 with a glass of water and then I drink naturally calm about 1.5 before bed (930ish), so I don't feel like I am drinking to much or to close to bed time. I really would like to get the full 8 hours of sleep without any interruptions....Any suggestions?
I had this happening and it turned out my bladder wasn't emptying fully. I also had some dribbling at night (a 25 year old female). I had to go to the ER a few times to get a catheter to drain everything. Urologist and neurologists had no idea why this was happening. After MRIs and all kids of tests they taught me to straight cath myself and put me on flomax (for older men w prostate issues). Then I saw a wellness chiro and they told me my 5th lumbar was subluxated. The nerves that feed your bladder exit through this joint in your spine. I started getting adjusted and the problem completely went away. I'm off the meds and haven't had to straight cath since my first adjustment. Also I sleep much more soundly. Maybe you've got a less severe thing of the same nature going on?
I wake up 3 times a night (female). I was thinking that it was overactive bladder or interstitial cystitis. I have had symptoms during the day off and on for many years. I usually can get the daytime stuff under control by watching the acidity of my diet. The night stuff is really annoying. I do all of the same things that you do. I very recently was told by my naturopath something that I also just read online. She thinks that it is a blood sugar crash in the middle of the night causing me to wake up and then think bathroom. I have done a small experiment a couple of times in the last couple of weeks that is very un Paleo, but has weirdly worked. 3-4 ounces of red wine right before bed. Does it help with blood sugar or just make me sleep more soundly? Don't know. Also could be coincindence. Maybe you should experiment with things that help with your blood sugar control. I bought an at home monitor and to my surprise, I have quite huge swings that in the naturopath world would classify me as prediabetic. In mainstream ADA world, I would be considered fine. Good luck!
For me, the problem turned out not be my bladder, but waking up. So the solution was not drinking less, but fixing my sleep. Turns out I used the wrong pillow. Now, if I don't wake up, I don't need to go to the bathroom.
In case you would like to try drinking less in the evening, for me it worked to drink most of my "pensum" before noon. I tend to be much less thirsty after I have gulped my 2-3 liters.
Magnesium citrate is a salt. It's osmotically active. When you ingest osmotic particles, such as sugars, salts and amino acids, it makes your kidneys work harder, and you urinate more to restore osmotic equilibrium. This is why diabetics urinate more when their blood sugar is high--there are too many "osmoles" of particles in their blood.
If you need a sleep aid, try switching to melatonin for a while, and your urination issue will improve.
I had this, which was rather embarrassing given my youth and also had the obviously related problem of being constantly thirsty and needing to drink gallons. Both problems seemed largely counteracted by reducing protein and upping carbs, (especially in the evening). Both also helped stop me waking up very early in the morning (a couple of hours before I needed/wanted to) and being unable to get back to sleep.
I started having this problem in my late 30s. I had assumed it was just one of those things you get when you are getting older, but then it went away when I started on paleo. My guess was that it was blood sugar/insulin related. Plus I am less thirsty on paleo. THings that helped though were as follow: Do not drink after dinner if you are not thirsty. For many people, much of their drinking is just habit. For instance, if you are going to drink the natural calm before bed, do you really need that glass of water with your dinner? If not thirsty, then skip it or just take a few gulps only. Also always always go to the bathroom right before bed. But I agree with others it's best if you can decipher the actual cause rather than just treating the symptoms. Maybe more or less carb will help you.
Same but different. I'm 40, eat pretty strict paleo, 40 grams carb max, black out windows, and do the Natural Calm in the evening. I've been going to bed early to try and get 9 hours, but can't EVER get past 8. My alarm is set for 6:15, but I wake up anywhere between 4:30 and 5:45. Need to use the bathroom as usual - nothing urgent. I feel quite rested and have lots of energy. Probably not a problem, but wondering what may be waking me up. Will also try more carbs with supper to see if that helps.