Trouble sleeping at night because of an enlarged prostate? Tired of waking up more than three times at night to go to the bathroom? Perhaps the only advice given to you is to stop drinking water before bedtime, or stopping coffee and soda. This advice can be helpful, but it does not help get to the root cause.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common problem that affects the quality of life in approximately 1/3 of men older than 50 years. It is the fourth most common diagnosis in older men, and is histologically evident in up to 90% of men by the age of 85 years.
If these symptoms progress and are unaddressed, you can develop something called “Bladder Outlet Syndrome” (BOO). This occurs when an enlarged prostate forces the bladder to work harder to empty itself of urine. This in turn causes the bladder wall to thicken, which means less space for it to hold urine, and therefore more trips to the bathroom (especially at night!).
Working on improving this gland can be easier than you think! We want to ensure that the prostate has all the nutrients it needs to function optimally such as zinc, vitamin D, and selenium. We also want to explore if hormonal imbalance is an issue (e.g. testosterone, estrogen), and intervene with botanical medicine or nutrients. Other factors that we might address are inflammation, exercise, diet, and stress, and how these can have an impact on the prostate LONG TERM.
In conclusion, there are many ways to help with an enlarged prostate, which means more plentiful and restful sleep! (zzz…)