Do you have to pee at night?

I don’t know about you, but I often wake up during the night to go to the toilet to pee (usually once). And then, this week, I did not. The first morning I wondered if I had truly not gone, because I had even drunk a herbal tea just before bed time, which usually is a sure recipe for having to wake up a few hours later…. Then the second night it was very clear. I definitely had not been up – and also was not under big pressure to go to the toilet when I woke up… What had happened? 

Let me start by giving you an overview of potential reasons for this annoying disruption to your (and my) sleep:

  • You simply drank too much too late.
  • You have blood sugar regulation issues, such as diabetes.
  • You suffer from Adrenal Fatigue (a form of sub-fertility), meaning that your cortisol production is out of balance, with your adrenal glands either producing too much or too little cortisol or at the wrong times of the day. The adrenal glands also produce aldosterone, which regulates fluids in your body and usually with advancing Adrenal Fatigue there is also increased urination as aldosterone levels drop and the body can no longer contain fluids. You might feel thirsty all the time, yet the water just seems to rush through you without being contained. Adding unrefined sea salt to your diet (as well as resolving Adrenal Fatigue through diet, mindset and lifestyle measures – reach out for more details) can help your body to better retain the water you drink – and also to increase your blood pressure, which tends to be low in this condition, too (at least in the more advanced stages).
  • From a Chinese Medicine Perspective, nighttime urination is most commonly caused by “kidney yang deficiency” (which basically is the same as Adrenal Fatigue, since the adrenals sit on the kidneys). This means that the kidneys are weakened and unable to warm and transport fluids in the lower abdomen, as well as to supply the bladder with enough energy to contain the urine. Symptoms: copious clear urine, nighttime urination, cold hands and feet, dizziness, tinnitus and pain in lower back and knees. Here you find dietary recommendations for this condition, which happen to be similar to the ones for Adrenal Fatigue (when it comes to the ideal macro-nutrient ratio, ideally take into account your individual Metabolic Type).

So what about me and my nighttime urination habit? I have to say that the profile of Kidney Yang Deficiency (and also Adrenal Fatigue) very much depicts where I come from… Especially when I was still recovering from my Eating Disorder, I would carry around a water bottle constantly, cause I always felt thirsty, but never felt my body actually contained the water… Now it’s much better, but the tendency is still there…, especially during the colder times of the year (unfortunately these things take a loooong time to heal).

What I changed this week that made all the difference was drinking a lot of fresh ginger – cinnamon bark tea. Both ginger and cinnamon warm the body, especially the digestive system. Cinnamon balances blood sugar and ginger helps the kidneys to warm and transport the fluids and the bladder to contain them. Just one caveat: Since ginger also has a very strong “drying” effect, consumed excessively, it can lead to stomach irritation and constipation, if you also have a lot of “fire” in your system. It surely did for me, so I reduced the dose to only drink it in the morning. This is in line with Chinese Medicine recommendations, since ginger is very energizing and activates the metabolism, so is actually not recommended at night. 

So, if you, too have to get up every night, give those recommendations a try – and let me know if they do make a difference for you!

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