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Incontinence & Overactive Bladder Health Center

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The Emotional Effects of OAB

Sleep Trouble and Depression

Interrupted sleep from getting up to go can leave you feeling groggy, exhausted, and overwhelmed. Over time, this lack of sleep can lead to depression. In a series of online interviews, women who made two or more nighttime bathroom trips were more likely to say they were depressed than women who said they have OAB without nocturia, or the need to urinate several times a night.

"Even if you don't have a bladder problem, it's normal to get up at least once a night to empty a full bladder. If all's going well, you wake up, go to the bathroom, go back to bed, and fall back to sleep. But the more you have to wake up, the more your sleep patterns get disturbed," Brubaker says. "And a number of people report that they begin to leak on the way to the bathroom at night, which is even more stressful and can put you at risk for falls."

A good night's sleep can make a big difference in the day that follows. Getting control of your bladder can improve your mood and how you feel in general.

Managing OAB

You may have to try a few things until you find a treatment that helps your OAB symptoms. Try not to get frustrated, and keep working with your doctor. Even if your OAB can't be cured, it's a condition you can manage, like high blood pressure, diabetes, or asthma.

"There are lots of options," Brubaker says. "You shouldn't have to be planning your life around your bladder. Your bladder should be keeping up with you."

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Reviewed on August 06, 2013

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