1. says

    That has been the worst part of turning 50, the body starts doing things that it didn’t do before…and having to plan around it to avoid embarrassment. Not fun.

  2. moarscienceplz says

    Well, if you normally sleep with someone, this could possibly injure their sleep cycle, but since I sleep alone, as long as I can quickly get back to sleep, it’s not a big deal for me.

  3. Holms says

    “…you go the bathroom…”
    Is that how it is phrased in USA, or is that just an error?

  4. Pierce R. Butler says

    Holms @ # 5 -- Yup, we euphemize both urination and defecation that way -- including use of public restrooms with no baths.

    When I was (ahem) younger, women would “go powder their noses” -- same thing.

  5. blf says

    Um… so what does it mean when the toilet visits during the night (after going to bed) are unpredictable — from none to “not again!” (exact count not known but at least six)? Asking for a cheese-obsessed penguin…

  6. Mano Singham says

    blf @#7,

    I agree with SOP @#8. I would recommend that the penguin see a urologist..

  7. Deepak Shetty says

    Eh. Bring it on. it has to be better than being woken up by 2 kids who insist on being accompanied to the bathroom by their dad
    As well as sundry other needs (Turning fan on/off, light on/off, and so on)

  8. Ridana says

    @5&6: Yes, it’s an error. It’s “go to the bathroom,” as you likely suspected.

  9. chigau (違う) says

    My brother, who has diabetes, goes to the toilet 6+ times per night.
    It’s part of the deal.

  10. Kulgur says

    Going to the bathroom in the middle of the night can also be a sign of sleep apnea. If you also snore very loudly, and easily fall asleep if you sit in the comfy chair during the day, you should get checked out.

  11. rockwhisperer says

    I’ve learned that I can greatly reduce the likelihood of needing to get up by NOT knocking back a 1.25 liter bottle of sparkling water in the final two hours before I go to bed. I need to re-learn this lesson frequently. That time of night is often when I’m most productive with my fiction writing, and somehow it is thirsty work. I will end up finishing for the night, stare at the empty bottle, and realize that I hydrated excessively yet again.

  12. says

    @BLF — A urologist is a good start, but I’d also look into the possibility of diabetes.
    For myself, I already have to get up to take meds at 0700, so why not also take a bathroom break? I usually have to pee then, anyway. Then it’s back to bed until around noon. Lately most of that time has been spent arguing with the cat every 30 minutes or so because, well, she’s awake, so apparently I should be awake, too.

    Yes, I finally adopted a cat. Nefertiti is still settling in, but it’s so wonderful watching her gain confidence and start really relaxing enough to be herself.

  13. StonedRanger says

    @ #12 I am a type 2 diabetic. Frequent urination usually indicates poor blood sugar control. The body tries to get rid of excessive sugar by passing it to the kidneys. When I first became diabetic I had to urinate every fifteen minutes because I had way too high blood sugars. Normal blood sugar being 80 -- 120 , I was 465 when I was diagnosed with diabetes. Now with my diabetes under pretty good control I can go four or five hours on a good night without having to get up. Im also 67 so age plays into that too.

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