Published by Gil Hidas, CEO of iUFLow
Getting up and night (more than once) to go to the toilet – Nocturia, is a common cause of sleep disturbance affecting up to 40% of the adult population.
There are several causes to Nocturia. It can be due to excessive drinking before sleep, Nocturnal Polyuria, Global Polyuria, bladder storage disorders, neurological conditions affect bladder function and the list is long.
That night time trip to the toilet has a bigger cost that one might think, dragging down productivity among sufferers, and impacting them, their companies and our economy.
Over 50% of men over 50 suffer from urological conditions. Nocturia, which is caused by one or more trips to the toilet during the night, drags down their productivity by up to 29% and impairs their activity levels by as much as 39%.
Loss of productivity due to nocturia is estimated to cost annually €29 billion in Europe and US$61 billion in USA (Holm-Larsen, 2014).
There are some fascinating stories behind the numbers. Both men and women are reluctant to seek treatment, for example, because they are embarrassed and also because they think this is an inevitable outcome of aging. Seeking early intervention can significantly improve quality of life.
Nocturia has personal and economic impact and awareness of diagnosis and treatments for Nocturia must be advanced.
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● No-one is talking about Nocturia — the sleeplessness caused by one or more trips to the toilet during the night —
even though it is the leading self-reported cause of sleep disruption.
● Loss of productivity due to Nocturia is estimated to cost annually €29 billion in Europe and US$61 billion in USA
(Holm-Larsen, 2014; van Kerrebroeck and Holm-Larsen, 2010).
● The condition affects 58% of adults aged 45-65 years, and over 77% of adults aged 65 years or over. (Weiss, 2013).
● There is a worldwide effort to raise awareness of Nocturia and help those affected to receive prompt and effective treatment.
These are astonishing statistics affecting both patients and economies. A Kesem Health product, digital health device for diagnosis of urological conditions, called iUFlow can assist providers in the initial diagnosis of the cause for Nocturia.