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5 Bad Habits That Make You Wake Up At Night And Pee Too Much

5 Bad Habits That Make You Wake Up At Night And Pee Too Much

During the night while we are asleep, our bodies produce less urine and because it is usually quite concentrated, most of us are able to sleep uninterrupted, without feeling the need to pee. If you wake up several times in the night with the urge to urinate, you may be suffering from nocturnal polyuria, or nocturia. This causes sleep disruption, which can lead to a whole host of other problems.

Nocturia can be a sign of an underlying medical condition, but most of the time, our bad food habits can be the culprit behind our urge to pee at night.

Try to avoid having the following foods that are natural diuretics. Diuretics increase and encourage urine production.

Fruits and Fruit Juices

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    The electrolyte mineral potassium found in fruits make them natural diuretics because potassium helps the body pass sodium through the urine. Pineapples and citrus fruits, like lemons, have strong diuretic properties. Fruits like peaches act as both a laxative and a diuretic.

    Caffeinated Foods and Beverages

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      The caffeine found mostly in coffee, tea, and, chocolates are well known for its energy-boosting properties. Caffeine also acts as a diuretic and if you consume it later in the evening, it’s bound to wake you up to pee at night. In order to have a peaceful night of sleep, it’s best you stay within the recommended quantity of no more than 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine per day.

      Vegetables and Leafy Greens

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        Vegetables like pumpkin, beets, green beans, and asparagus are natural diuretics. Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens, such as cilantro and parsley, are also natural diuretics. Parsley is high in potassium, so it increases the amount of urine your body produces.

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        Seeds 

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          Celery seeds have many medicinal properties that include calming the nerves, reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, and reducing muscle spasms. But, it’s most popular for being a natural diuretic.

          Herbs 

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            Herbs, like hawthorn, juniper, horsetails, stinging nettle, dandelion, and ginger, are often used in diuretic medications, dietary supplements, and teas. In a study, dandelion leaf extract was found to increase the urine output volume and frequency of urination in volunteers by five percent within five hours of taking the extract.

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            Last Updated on December 2, 2018

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

            The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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            The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

            Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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            Review Your Past Flow

            Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

            Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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            Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

            Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

            Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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            Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

            Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

            We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

            Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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