spoonful of golden raisins

How often do you have to get out of bed at night to hike to the bathroom? This scenario is very familiar to men past a certain age, but many women also find they need to urinate at least once during the night. They may have trouble getting back to sleep. Some readers have found a home remedy that helps them sleep through the night instead of getting up numerous times. They simply munch a handful of raisins.

Can Raisins Reduce Nighttime Urination?

Q. I have read the comments on raisins and nighttime urination. I am a 68-year-old man in good health, but I have been getting up two or three times a night to pee.

I have now had three of the best nights of sleep I’ve had in several years. I take about 15 raisins an hour before bed. I chew them well and that’s it; I sleep through the night. Last night I didn’t get up at all. It was wonderful.

Others have talked about weight gain from the raisins. I doubt 10 to 15 raisins will make much of a difference. This whole thing sounds crazy, but I am very encouraged.

Readers Are Enthusiastic about Raisins:

A. Three years ago we heard from a reader that eating raisins before bedtime reduced nighttime urination. Since then we have heard from more than 100 others who have tried this remedy. Many found it helpful, though others got no relief. We have no idea why it might work to help someone sleep through the night.

What are the downsides? As you mentioned, raisins have calories. Simply adding raisins to the diet without cutting back on anything else could eventually lead to extra pounds.  One other problem: raisins are sweet. Be sure to brush your teeth after eating them so that the sugars from sticky raisins don’t erode your tooth enamel.

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  1. MARCEL
    Montréal,QC,CANADA
    Reply

    Are dried raisins OK?

  2. d. bann
    florida
    Reply

    now what i’d like is food to eat enstead of blood pressure pills

  3. John
    Wilson, NC
    Reply

    What type of raisons should you use? Golden or regular?

  4. Peter
    California
    Reply

    Does it make a difference what kind of raisins? Dark or golden?

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