Spongebobiwan1 wrote:This is more of a question about something that really puzzles me. I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea. I have been using the CPAP machine for about one month. Prior to using the CPAP, I would awaken every 60 to 120 minutes (max) with a very full bladder. This obviously kept me from getting quality sleep, as I was up 5 to 7 times per night relieving that very full bladder. Since starting on the CPAP machine, I now get up typically ONE time only per night, and with a bladder that is not really all that full.
My question is this: just HOW in the world does insufficient breathing prior to the CPAP machine have the effect of filling my bladder so much and so frequently all night long, but now with the better breathing due to the CPAP, that is no longer occuring? I just don't make the connection between insufficient breathing and a very full bladder all night long nor understand exactly why that happens. Does anybody have any input on this? I'd really like to know as even my doctor cannot answer this.
The condition is called 'Nocturia', and is one of a number of side effects of untreated sleep apnoea.
There have been numerous posts on it here. If you use the search facility you can find the exact reasons. It is typically to do with the bodies reaction to fractured sleep architecture and low oxygen saturation levels. Compliant use of cpap should help to clear it up completely, or at least reduce it (as you have discovered).