|5 tips to a good night's sleep with LBL|
The following is a guide to a good night’s sleep with light bladder leakage:
1. Hydrate during the day, but limit fluid intake right before bed.
Most absorbent products use a polymer that absorbs wetness and draws it away from the skin, increasing comfort and skin health. However, if the product gets too full, the polymers can’t protect the skin, and this can cause discomfort and waking. Drink less before bed, and empty the bladder just before sleeping.
2. Do pelvic floor exercises.
Strengthening the muscles that control the bladder and bowels can only help with control. By doing your pelvic floor exercises you will be able to hold urine longer at night, giving you a chance to get through the night without leaks.
The best way to do this is by doing Kegel exercises. This is a great exercise, as it can be done anywhere, and is free. However, electrical stimulation and biofeedback can help you pinpoint and target the specific muscles that need strengthening.
3. Empty bladder right before bed.
This has been covered, but it is worth repeating. If you want to sleep well with incontinence, set yourself up for success by emptying the bladder so you wake less to do so.
4. Avoid anything that could irritate your bladder.
The bladder can be irritated by the foods you eat and the beverages you drink. Caffeine, alcohol, citrus and other acidic foods (like tomatoes), chocolate, artificial sugars and sweeteners, carbonation, and some other foods can lead to bladder irritation and increase the urgency to go. Avoiding these triggers can help you to go longer without needing to go.
5. Use the right absorbent products.
Incontinence products can provide protection and comfort at night. Look for something that will lock urine away, will hold enough fluid, and has higher absorbency levels. For help with selecting the best over night absorbent products for your needs quickly and easily sort through hundreds of incontinence product choices at The Incontinence Product Finder or call 800-985-1353 M-F 9-4 CST to talk to one of our product specialists.
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