I don't have to pee now, but in 8 hours I probably will
July 16, 2008 8:48 PM Subscribe
I know YANMD, but wondering if others may be able to shed some light on the way my body stores/uses/retains water during the summer.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (3 answers total)
Summary: I drink a lot of water, but barely have to pee during the day - it all catches up to me at night, waking me up to pee every couple of hours.
Longer: On an average day, I drink about 80 oz. of water, throughout the course of the day. In the mornings, I'll have one cup of coffee. Throughout the day, despite frequent intake of water, I rarely have to pee. It's like my body stores the water for perspiration and cooling during the Boston summer and the active part of my day. When I'm mostly inactive (say, 10:30pm or later, and when I'm sleeping), the water catches up to me and I have to pee, every couple of hours. This is just totally irritating, because I frequently have to get up to pee (with a full bladder every time), several times a night. Even shortly before normal wake-up time, my bladder would be full - even if I haven't had anything to drink, since 9pm the night before.
As far as my activity levels during the day, I'm a grad student - I research, study, work, etc. I don't "work out" in the conventional sense, but I don't have a car, so I walk a decent amount almost every day, carrying books/groceries/randomstuff. I also go for an hour walk in the evenings, three times a week. So I don't break into big sweats, but it's not uncommon to have a constant mild perspiration walking about, a few times throughout the day. I'm in my mid-20's, otherwise healthy, and don't feel any complications from this, other than the fact it interrupts otherwise blissful moments of sleep. When it's colder out (hence, less perspiration, less body cooling) I pee as normal, throughout the day. But I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions to, maybe re-train my have-to-pee moments? (How????). Stopping drinking water earlier in the day isn't an option - even if I don't drink anything past 7pm, and go to bed at midnight, I'll still have to get up during the night to pee out any excess. How can I not be woken up by needing to pee 3-4 times a night??