Why You Have To Pee At 3AM

Jessica is a 55-year-old woman who is seeing a urologist for her “overactive” bladder. She wakes up 3-4 times each night to urinate, and also has too many urges to go during the day. She came to see me about her snoring problem. A sleep study found that she stopped breathing 35 times every hour. […]

What Are The Best Snacks Before Bedtime?

In the Well section of this week’s New York Times, a reader asks the following: What’s the best food to eat just before bedtime if you get hungry? The questioner acknowledges beforehand that it’s not good to eat close to bedtime. The columnist answers by recommending specific food choices over others.   Not eating anything […]

7 Unusual Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea [Podcast 31]

When You're Not A MOOSE

If you don’t fit the typical profile of someone with obstructive sleep apnea (MOOSE: male, older, overweight,  snoring, excessive sleepiness), most doctors won’t ever think that you may have obstructive sleep apnea. I see dozens of of patients every month who are told they don’t have sleep apnea but were found to have moderate to […]

Why Sleep Apnea is More Dangerous For Women

I’ve mentioned before a study showing that going to the bathroom (nocturia) two or more times per night can significantly increase your chance of dying. In going through the data again, I noticed something interesting: Women aged 50 to 64 with nocturia had a 94% increased risk of mortality compared with men of the same age, […]

Urinary Incontinence, Nighttime Urination, Worse With Poor Sleep

It’s commonly accepted that suffering from urinary symptoms can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. However, a recent study confirms more recent findings that suggest that poor sleep itself can lead to lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), such as incontinence, and nighttime urination. This study prospectively followed over 1600 men and 2500  women […]