Lowering the intake of your salt may mean fewer trips in the middle of the night to the bathroom, a study suggests.
People over age 60, and nowadays even younger, wake up at night to pee one or more times. This is known as nocturia. This definitely interrupts sleep and may lead to stress, tiredness or irritability, affecting the life quality.
There are many reasons causing nocturia, including the salt in your diet.
“Nighttime urination is a serious problem for many people, as they get older. In fact, even a simple change in the diet improves the life quality for many people.
The study was done on more than 300 Japanese adults. They all took high salt and experienced sleeping problems. They were instructed to reduce salt intake for 12 weeks.
The American Heart Association also recommends people to consume not over 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily. That is nearly a teaspoon of salt.
Nearly 200 people reduced their salt intake. They took 8 grams a day instead of their original 11 grams a day. The average nighttime trips had reduced and they saw improvement in life quality.
Comparing, nearly 100 participants taking on an average salt rose from 9.6 grams per night to 11 grams a night and had an increase in nighttime trips to the bathroom, the study revealed.
Dr. Marcus Drake, a professor in England at the University of Bristol and leader of the working group for the ESU Guidelines Office Initiative on Nocturia said. “It is important how patients help themselves to reduce the frequent urination impact. Research asks to reduce the water a patient drinks, and the salt intake is rarely considered,” he said.