Do you have to get up to pee several times a night? Many people report that this is a problem, especially as they grow older. Having to urinate several times during the night is a major factor interfering with sleep in older adults (Desjadins et al, Sleep, Feb. 15, 2019). Doctors call it nocturia (“peeing at night”), but they don’t have magical solutions for it. They do recommend drinking less liquid toward the end of the day (Oelke et al, International Journal of Clinical Practice, Nov. 2017). They may also prescribe desmopressin nasal spray, sometimes used to prevent bed-wetting as well. Several readers have found, however, that eating a small handful of raisins before bedtime can help.
Will Raisins Reduce the Number of Times You Get Up to Pee?
Q. I have had nocturia for many years. I tried numerous treatments, including two surgeries. My sleep was frequently interrupted, sometimes five or six times a night. I didn’t know what it would be like to get a good night’s rest.
Nothing helped until I tried eating a handful of raisins before bed.
The first night, I only had to get up to pee one time. The second night I got up one time and last night I didn’t have to get up a single time. I only hope that this continues. Thank you for sharing this inexpensive and safe remedy.
A. We are glad this worked to help you sleep better. We don’t know if the benefit will persist, but you are not the only one to have noticed a difference. One person has compared nights on which he consumes some raisins in the evening and doesn’t need to get out of bed at all to other nights when he skips the raisins and has to trek to the bathroom at least once and usually twice during the night. Here is another visitor’s story:
Making Fewer Bathroom Visits Overnight:
Q. I am going in for simultaneous knee replacements soon. I had to find something to stop the nighttime trips to the bathroom so I don’t fall.
Your idea of eating raisins seems to be working. I eat 10 in the morning and 10 at night and I’ve slept better than I have in years.
Raisins Reduce the Number of Bathroom Visits Needed:
A. We have heard from a surprising number of readers that eating raisins in the evening can reduce bathroom trips at night. We have no idea why this might work.
However, you can read more about this and other remedies for nocturia (excessive nighttime urination) in our Guide to Favorite Home Remedies. Access to this online resource can be purchased at PeoplesPharmacy.com.
Beets May Also Help You Not Get Up to Pee:
Some people report that beets are also helpful for reducing urination at night. That might be because compounds in beets help relax smooth muscle, but we really do not have a scientifically proven explanation. On the other hand, doctors don’t have many effective treatments for nocturia (Dani, Esdaille & Weiss, Nature Reviews. Urology, Oct. 2016). If munching a few raisins or sipping beet soup before bedtime can help, why not try it?
You will also find other ideas on improving sleep in our online Guide to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep.