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Are You Peeing Too Often? Check This And See What To Do

Are You Peeing Too Often? Check This And See What To Do

You’re standing extremely still, clenching random muscles, hoping you don’t pee yourself in public. You wait until the desperation relieves the tiniest bit, then full on sprint to the nearest toilet, just barely making it.

This has happened to all of us at one point or another. But for some it starts occurring more frequently, sneaking up prematurely on your typical pee schedule.

When is it too much?

It’s difficult to identify an exact number for how many times is deemed excessive since everyone possesses unique compositions and thus unique peeing schedules; certain factors like caffeine and alcohol intake, sensitivity and size of your bladder, and hydration levels all play a role. But, there are a few standards that may signify you are going too frequently.

According to Benjamin Brucker, M.D., an assistant professor of Urology at NYU Langone Medical Center, peeing upwards of 7 times a day may be an indicator of a greater problem [1]. Since individuals possess different norms, you don’t necessarily have to pee 7 times in one day to be out of your normal range. Rather, it’s more of a severe increase in comparison to your normal frequency, or even peeing 2 or 3 times in the middle of the night.

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Causes of frequent urination

So if you are peeing too much, or in the middle of the night, why is this happening? The primary cause for the amount of urine and number of times urinating throughout the day is due to the amount of water you’ve consumed. Your bladder communicates with the brain, sending signals when it’s nearing full that instruct you to go pee.

However, this signaling system can be skewed, resulting with signals being relayed to the brain way before the bladder is ever full.

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    UTIs

    If the frequent urination is coupled with a fever or abdominal pain, it is likely that the culprit is a UTI [2].

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    Diabetes

    Incessant urinating with exceptionally large amounts of pee can also be an indicator of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This occurs as a mechanism for the body attempting to eliminate unused glucose, an important sugar in metabolism, through urine.

    Pregnancy

    Further, in pregnancy the expanding uterus increasingly adds more pressure to the bladder, causing increased urination.

    Enlarged Prostate

    An enlarged prostate can squish the urethra, the tube you actually pee through, requiring more effort to push the urine out.

    Other Causes

    Frequent peeing may also occasionally be an early symptom for more severe cases, such as build up of scar tissue in the urethra, kidney stones, kidney infection or bladder cancer.

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    How to deal with it all

    The first step in treating excessive urination is to determine its cause. In order to do this a trip seeking medical advice is often necessary, to rule out certain potential disorders and get a professional’s opinion when symptoms have begun to interfere with daily life.

    For UTIs or kidney infections, a doctor will prescribe antibiotics to fight the infection and with a complete cycle of the prescription symptoms should subside. In diabetes, managing insulin can mediate glucose levels decreasing the need to eliminate extra in the system.

    Those peeing often because of a new baby, may have to cope for the rest of the pregnancy, and understand there is no underlying medical issue.

    Several medications do exist for those diagnosed with an overactive bladder, which typically target a muscle called the detrusor muscle that is implicated in excessive peeing [3]. These are often accompanied by certain behavioral techniques in order to treat from multiple angles.

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    Other potential fixes include:

    • Kegel exercises: daily pelvic exercises that focus on strengthening muscles of the urethra and those supporting the bladder
    • Botox: directly calms the bladder by forcing relaxation upon muscles
    • Biofeedback: increases control and sensations of pelvic muscles
    • Dietary changes: avoiding diuretics (such as caffeine or spicy foods), adding more fiber to reduce constipation which can contribute to frequent urination
    • Bladder training: training the bladder to be able to contain urine for longer periods of time by gradually increasing intervals between urinations

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      Ultimately, peeing too much can have negative effects on your daily life and can also be an indicator for other medical problems. If it’s significantly interrupting your daily routine, a physician should be consulted to determine the underlying cause. Many treatment options for specific issues exist, so don’t think you’ll be peeing frequently forever.

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      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

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      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

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      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

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      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

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