Waking up to pee could spell danger for older women

’Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a mouse…

Well, that’s not exactly true, is it? There is a creature stirring – and it’s YOU!

Whether it’s the night before Christmas or any other night, you’re inevitably up and down with the urge to “go” more times than a yo-yo.

Nighttime bathroom runs don’t just interrupt your sleep…or increase your risk of bumping into Santa. They could also cause you to bump into something a lot less soft than a “bowl full of jelly” covered by a velvet red suit with white fur trim.

New research shows that women who have nighttime emergencies – to the point of even wetting the bed a little -- could face an even higher risk of taking a dangerous tumble.

And if you wet the bed often, the risk is even higher, according to the new study.

The study was on women, but all seniors with overactive bladder have a higher risk of falling at night. Even if you do make it to the bathroom, your risk of falling is 40 percent higher than if your “pee system” weren’t running on overdrive.

It makes sense: Both overactive bladder and incontinence force you out of bed in the middle of the night, in the dark, when you’re groggy and unsteady – prime conditions for a fall.

The women in the new study were living at home and independent – and yet suffering from a problem many folks consider too embarrassing to talk about, even with a doctor.

If that sounds familiar, it’s time to stop being shy. Your doc has heard it all before and can guide you through some simple steps that can help many cases of overactive bladder, including non-drug therapies such as bladder training and Kegel exercises.

In addition, herbal remedies such as Lindera, Horsetail, and Cravetox work wonders for my patients with poor bladder control. They could help you sleep through the night – and stay on your feet while you’re awake!