Managing everyday life can be challenging when you or the person you are caring for is affected by incontinence. However with planning and with some lifestyle changes this does not have to be the case. Most people find they, or the person they are caring for, can live their life to the fullest.  

There are many types of incontinence and each has a different cause and different symptoms. Therefore, to get the appropriate treatment it is important to identify which type of incontinence you have. For most people the use of simple pelvic floor exercises, lifestyle changes and use of incontinence aids will suffice. It is always best to discuss your treatment options with your healthcare professional.  

Here are our tips on how to cope with the daily challenges of living with incontinence.  

OTHER USEFUL TIPS For more information and advice visit http://www.continence.org.au/ or contact The Continence Foundation of Australia National Continence Helpline free call on 1800 33 00 66 

Seek a referral to a continence advisor or physician who is well-informed about urinary incontinence. Be motivated and persistent in seeking the right help. 

PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES 

Also known as Kegels, these exercises focus on strengthening the pelvic floor muscles which support the uterus, bladder and other pelvic organs.  

Performing these exercises regularly can help prevent accidental urine leakage. Kegel exercises can benefit both men and women who have urinary incontinence. It is never too early or late to begin exercising your pelvic floor. Find out how to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. http://www.pelvicfloorfirst.org.au/  

 

FLUID IN-TAKE 

Many people who have urinary incontinence believe that drinking less will help avoid accidents and other symptoms of urinary incontinence. This isn’t exactly true as it can lead to other health issues. Drinking the right amount of water is important to keep a healthy balance of fluids and is extremely important for your overall health.  

Dehydration from not drinking enough liquid can cause your urine to become very concentrated which can irritate your bladder and make incontinence worse. 

Aim to drink 6-8 glasses of fluid per day (preferably water), unless otherwise advised by your doctor.  

Limit drinking bladder irritants such as carbonated drinks, tea and coffee (with or without caffeine), artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, foods and beverages that are high in spice, sugar and acid; such as citrus and tomatoes. 

EAT A HEALTHY DIET  

It is important to eat well to keep your bowels healthy and regular. A poor diet can cause chronic constipation which can lead to faecal incontinence.  

Fibre is an essential component of every diet. Aim for 25 to 30g of fibre every day which should include at least 2 servings of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables as this will help keep your bowels healthy and in good working order. 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY HELPS PREVENT INCONTINENCE  

Physical activity helps prevent constipation by stimulating the muscular activity of the bowel. Exercise also helps to maintain a healthy body weight and reduce pressure on the pelvic floor. Be active every day and do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as walking. 

STOP SMOKING 

Smoking is associated with a variety of health issues such as an increased risk of lung cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure.  

Smoking can also have an impact on the bladder as it’s estimated that smokers are three times more likely to experience incontinence than non-smokers. Quitting smoking could improve the symptoms significantly.  

GOOD TOILET HABITS  

One of the best ways to avoid an accident is to have a bathroom schedule. It is normal to go to the toilet between 4-8 times per day and no more than once/twice a night.  

Don’t get into the habit of going to the toilet ‘just in case’ as this tends to result in the bladder developing a smaller capacity. Try to go only when your bladder is full and when you need to go. (Going to the toilet before you go to bed is fine). 

 

Tips 

A useful aid is the Ontex Continence Care Tips booklet. The booklet provides tips on living with incontinence and how to continue to live a full and active life.  

For a free copy of the booklet use the contact us form on our website or if you are a healthcare professional contact your local Business Development Manager on 1300 788 601. 

For more useful tips and advice we recommend reaching out to  The Continence Foundation of Australia. They have a free call helpline 1800 33 00 66 or go to their website www.continence.org.au. 

 

 

Choose iD for a complete range of light to heavy absorbency incontinence solutions. All iD products are approved by dermatologists.

Choosing the right incontinence product is critical for comfort and security.

Incontinence products come with different features. Each feature helps to effectively handle incontinence; the key is to choose the ones that best meets your needs. Consider the following features:

SIZE

An incontinence product which is either too small or too large is never effective when it comes to managing fluid leaks. Therefore, it is always recommended to check the size of your waist, thighs and hips before you buy.

ABSORBENCY

The continence product suitable for you will be based on your incontinence needs. If you are among those who experience light leakage, then a shaped pad would be suitable.

However, if you experience constant loss of bladder control, especially at night, it is advisable to select a product with a higher absorbency.

We can help you to choose the right products for your needs by using our Product Finder (add link) for women and men and order a sample online of the selected product.

With our products, there’s no need to stay at home, withdraw from activities, gym, tennis, social activities or travel.

TIPS

Traveling or merely going out in public can be quite stressful for people with various bowel or urinary conditions. The first thing to remember is there is no real reason why you can’t go away as long as you prepare carefully and plan everything in advance.

Plan ahead and know where the toilets are located for your journey and/or destination. Find out where the closest toilets are and how accessible these are to you. The Department of Health and Ageing has a National Public Toilet Map – this shows the location of more than 16,000 public and private toilet facilities across Australia.

Know how long you will be away from home and make sure you have all the things you may need including a good supply of all the items you will need – pads, pants, creams, wipes, etc.

We have developed a product selector tool on our website to help you choose the right product for your needs (add link to finder). This easy to use online product selector tool has been developed in conjunction with leading Australian healthcare professionals and is designed to help you navigate the many options available from our wide range of continence care solutions. Our goal is provide you with a product that will give you security and comfort to live life to the fullest.

Another useful aid is our iD Continence Care Brochure. The iD Continence Care Brochure contains our complete range from light pads, pants to slips and also tips on product use for security and comfort.

A further useful aid is the Ontex Continence Care Tips booklet. The booklet provides tips on living with incontinence and how to continue to live a full and active life.

For a free copy of either brochure use the contact us form on our website or if you are a healthcare professional contact your local Business Development Manger on 1300 788 601

For more useful tips and advice we recommend reaching out to The Continence Foundation of Australia. They have a free call helpline 1800 33 00 66 or go to their website www.continence.org.au

If you a carer looking after someone with incontinence, it can have its challenges. Keeping this in mind we have developed continence care tips to help you look after those with urinary incontinence.

1. Make sure that the person requiring care has a healthy lifestyle

Nutrition is vital factor for your overall health. Quitting smoking reduces greatly your chances of developing cancers. We also recommend drinking plenty of water and cut down on alcohol and caffeine, which decrease the bladders capacity. Visit a Physiotherapist who can demonstrate the correct pelvic floor exercises.

2. Choose the right products for your continence care

Using the correct incontinence aids will help lessen the clean-up required when giving incontinence care. If the person is incontinent they should not use feminine hygiene products as they do not have the absorbent capacity for the amount of fluid that they need to absorb. Ensure you use specifically designed incontinence aids, for night-time we recommend a product that has maximum absorption and is also breathable. This will help the user get a sound night’s sleep.
There are many choices when it comes to incontinence products selection and it can be confusing. If you require any support or help choosing the correct iD product contact us on 1300 788 872 or go to our website www.ontexhealthcare.com.au

3. Look after your own wellbeing as a carer

As a carer, it is vital you take care of your own wellbeing. Your role is demanding providing continence care, especially if you are caring for loved ones. Take time to distress, eat a healthy balanced diet and seek out support groups for carers.

4. Practice safe hygiene

Wear personal protective equipment this includes gloves. Gloves should be worn when dealing with used incontinence aids and practice the five moments of hand hygiene. This is especially important today with the Covid pandemic. Please ensure you dispose of the incontinence aids and gloves appropriately (in sanitary bins, do not flush them down the toilet).

5. Continence Care - Help is at hand

It is not unusual for people to be resistant to receiving help about their incontinence issues. People with incontinence can feel embarrassed so it is important be mindful of this. Ensure they are using the correct product for their needs. iD have a range of products suitable for all level of incontinence from light to heavy which are all dermatologically tested. Click here to view the iD full range and enhance the continence care for your patient.

iD also provides free samples which can be delivered to you in discreet packaging to your home or clinic. Click here to order free online samples. Carers or Health Care Professionals can order on behalf of their clients.

Have you woken up in mornings to your child saying sorry for wetting their bed and pyjamas? You and your child should be comforted that help is available and the good news is they may grow out of it.

What is Nocturnal Enuresis?
Nocturnal enuresis is the involuntary urination while asleep, also known as bedwetting. Enuresis is the loss of bladder control in younger children and teenagers. At age 3, night-time bedwetting is considered normal. The majority of children gain control of their bladder fully . If your child does experience bed wetting regularly from ages 5 to 7 years we recommend you seek professional advice and see your Doctor.

Statistics on enuresis
• In Australia one in five children wet their beds.
• Boys are more likely to experience bladder weakness more than girls (60% compared to 40%)
• Children who wet the bed can experience feelings of embarrassment that can lead to low self-esteem.

First Steps
Seek out advice on enuresis in children, what are the causes, symptoms and treatments. You can find out more on enuresis, causes and treatments from this article.

Struggles of Children with Enuresis
Children who experience bladder weakness may feel loss of self–esteem, embarrassment and even denial. The child may withdraw themselves and have less interaction with parents or peers.

What Causes Enuresis?
There are many factors which include: over active or under active bladder, feeling anxious, stress, urinary infections and family history. It is important to note that enuresis is treatable.

How Can You Help Your Child?
As a parent, we recommend you talk to your child so that they understand that they can learn bladder control and motivate them to do so until they recover.

Steps To Help Your Child
• Reinforce toileting during the day and before bed time
• Use a bed wetting reward chart – refer to iD Comfy Junior The Parents Guide
• Buy and make healthy foods
• Limit dairy, sweet and salty foods especially around dinner time

To Help Manage Bed Wetting Accidents Use iD Comfy Junior and Kylie For Kids Washable Mattress Protection
Bladder training can take two to three months to be successful. We recommend during this period, to use iD Comfy Junior pants and new Kylie for Kids Washable Mattress Protection to help set up your child for success. iD Comfy Junior range of pants and slips covers different age groups. The pants have a soft side panel, elastic underwear feel and a urine absorbing zone, with a stripy colour design. The slip is a great solution covering waist sizes from 40cm to 70cm.

To order your free sample go to https://www.ontexhealthcare.com.au/request-a-sample/.

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What is Nocturnal Enuresis (Bedwetting)
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One in Five Kids wet their beds
https://www.continence.org.au/news.php/413/taking-the-stress-out-of-sleeepovers
iii) Bedwetting Facts
Bedwetting Facts
iv) Bladder Training
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You have a few leaks a day, but never lose control of your bladder? You have an active social life, but sometimes need to find a bathroom – and fast – in social situations? You love trying new foods, but you fear what effect they will have on your bladder?

If these descriptions sound like you, then you probably have light-to-moderate bladder weakness. Having light-to-moderate bladder weakness presents a unique challenge: adaptation. Unlike with severe bladder weakness you can live your life as normal, making small accommodations for mild urges and occasional leaks. But where and how do you make those accommodations? Read on for some solutions and advice for living with bladder weakness.

When at work or at home…

DO engage in daily exercise. Bladder weakness make normal aerobic exercise, like running, more difficult that normal. However, leaks and urges shouldn’t drive you to abandon exercise entirely: there are many activities – like yoga and swimming – that can help you stay active without putting strain on your bladder . Pelvic floor exercises, like Kegels, also work to strengthen the pelvic floor and reduce urges over time.

DON’T forget to track your symptoms

Bladder weakness sometimes takes the backburner to a busy schedule. But as with any medical condition, monitoring helps you understand your symptoms, communicate with healthcare professionals, and choose products. Keep a voiding diary in your desk or purse, or try a bladder tracking app like Vesica or Bladder Pal.

When socializing…

DO choose bladder-friendly foods and drinks. Social occasions invite people to indulge in fizzy drinks, spicy snacks, and creamy desserts, all of which spell trouble for bladder weakness. Fizzy beverages and spicy food irritate the bladder, while dairy-laden treats contribute to constipation. Meanwhile, caffeine and alcohol are also known bladder irritants. Stick to non-alcoholic, non-carbonated beverages, as well as these alternatives to coffee and these bladder-friendly foods.

DON’T forget to talk to your doctor

Many people who have bladder weakness feel embarrassed about talking about their condition with their doctor. However, mild-to-moderate bladder weakness may have an underlying cause, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), diabetes, or a kidney infection . Talking to a doctor will also help you develop the best plan for living with bladder weakness, from choosing products to selecting medications.

When traveling or out and about…

DO remember your medicine. If bladder weakness becomes too bothersome, doctors may prescribe medicine. Remember to take your prescription as-prescribed even with an irregular schedule: it will keep urges at-bay, put less leaks in your day, and make it easier to make the most of your leisure time. Set a reminder on your phone or watch to take your medicine, and always keep your medications in an easily-accessible place.

DON’T use female sanitary towels for bladder weakness

If you have ever run out of pads on a trip or a fun night out, you know how tempting it is to turn to female sanitary towels for protection against leaks. However, while sanitary towels are absorbent, they are designed to hold thicker liquid than urine. Sanitary towels also don’t neutralize acid like absorbent pads, which could lead to skin irritation . Bladder weakness products are engineered to absorb maximum amounts of liquid, as well as protect the skin. Remember to pack extras before your next outing!

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It’s not just the beginning of another work week, but the beginning of leaks, urges, and trips to the bathroom that keep you from performing your best. Bladder weakness affects all sorts of individuals, most of whom are of working age. Below you will find life hacks for conquering bladder weakness in different work environments, and tips that can be used in daily life.

Sedentary Jobs: Focus on Health

Stay Hydrated

Drink when you are thirsty, or if you have gone without water for several hours. If your throat feels scratchy or your skin feels dry, you need water. Dizziness, headache, and fatigue also signal inadequate hydration . Even if you don’t have symptoms of thirst or dehydration, it is important to hydrate regularly.
If you generally don’t feel thirsty, use urine as a guide. Dehydrated individuals usually have darker urine, while hydrated individuals have light yellow or clear urine.
Choose non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages. Caffeine and alcohol irritate the bladder, which increases urgency and leaks . At the office or at happy hour, select alternatives to coffee or cocktails.

Keep Active

Engage in bladder-friendly exercise. If aerobic pastimes like running worsen your urges, try a less-strenuous activity like yoga or weightlifting. Both get your blood pumping without putting strain on your bladder, and recent research suggests that yoga can improve bladder weakness .
Strengthen your pelvic floor with Kegels, or another similar exercise. Pelvic floor exercises reduce symptoms of bladder weakness and can make it easier for you to adjust to more demanding physical tasks.
Wear dark, loose-fitting gear if you do engage in aerobic exercise. Dark fabrics hide leaks, as well as the outline of pads or absorbent underwear .

Travel-Heavy Jobs: Plan, Pack, and Prepare

Plan Pit-Stops
Mark one rest stop for every two hours of your journey, and more if you see fit.
Identify accessible restrooms if you are not traveling on the road. Find spaces that are roomier than a train, bus, or aircraft toilet so you can change your pad or absorbent underwear in the most efficient way possible.

Always Pack the Essentials

Bring enough pads or absorbent underwear for your entire trip. This is especially necessary if traveling to a location where you cannot easily obtain products for bladder weakness. Try portable, discreet products such as iD Light pads.
If you have night-time bladder weakness, pack a waterproof mattress protector or blanket for overnight trips . Relatively inexpensive, they take the mess away from night-time leaks. And if you can’t fit one into your luggage, don’t worry! Most major hotel chains will be able to provide one for you.

Jobs With Irregular Schedules: Work With What You Have

If Possible, Make a Routine

Designate time to go to the bathroom, about once every one or two hours. This process, called bladder training, makes the clock – rather than urges – dictate your bathroom breaks . Fear not if things don’t go as planned at first; it takes about three months to fully adjust to a bladder training schedule.
Stay near a restroom. If your place of work frequently leaves you without a toilet, discuss adjustments and accommodations with your boss or co-workers.

Involve Your Boss

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Do you have light-to-moderate bladder weakness? Do your clothes suddenly feel too snug or too revealing? Does going for a jog make you more anxious than excited? Are you suddenly less-than-thrilled at the thought of going out with your friends and family? No worries – you’re not going crazy. You are one among the millions of people learning to deal with bladder weakness in daily life. Read on for the latest life hacks for getting dressed, going out, and managing your bladder weakness as discreetly as possible.

Get Comfy

• Stay away from tight jeans, as well as low-rise trousers. Low-rise pants put pressure on the bladder, which can make urges worse and more frequent. Furthermore, a 2012 survey suggests that the long-term wear of tight jeans can exacerbate or lead to bladder weakness . On your quest to conquer bladder weakness, look for clothing that gives your bladder more room to breathe.
• Look for high-rise leggings and trousers. High-waisted bottoms support the pelvic floor muscles and compress the abdomen, which may actually reduce urges in people with bladder weakness . High-rise trousers also put less pressure on the bladder, which makes them an excellent choice overall.
• Consider adaptive clothing, especially if you have other special needs. As the name suggests, adaptive clothing adapts to the wearer’s needs . For individuals with bladder weakness, brands like Tommy Hilfiger and 4Ward Clothing make comfortable, stylish pants designed for stress-free dressing and easy removal.

Get Sneaky

• Choose products that look and feel like normal underwear. Whether you use pads or absorbent underwear for bladder weakness, products that blend seamlessly with your underwear will always prevail. Try iD Light or iD for Men for discreet protection against minor leaks. If you have heavier bladder weakness, or if you prefer using absorbent underwear, look to iD Pants a perfect combination of cotton-like comfortable feel and maximum absorbency power.
• Wear dark, loose-fitting clothing. Dark patterns help camouflage the outline of pads and absorbent underwear, as well as conceal stains in the event of leaks . Loose-fitting clothing puts less pressure on the bladder, which in turn reduces urges and leaks. Simply put, you can’t go wrong with some wide-legged slacks, and you certainly can’t go wrong with a little black dress.
• Have a special place to keep your incontinence pads. Transporting bladder weakness products can be a challenge, especially if you are not used to carrying a bag or purse. Makeup bags and pencil pouches are inexpensive fixes for concealing pads, while a designated pocket in a purse, messenger bag, or cross-body bag works to keep absorbent underwear from view.

Get Active

• Take part in bladder-friendly exercise. Cycling lifts the chest, making for a cardio workout that keeps pressure off the bladder. Swimming and yoga also reduce bladder pressure by lengthening the spine . Yoga has shown to have lasting benefits, as well: a 2018 survey suggests that yoga may reduce bladder weakness symptoms over time .
• Practice pelvic floor exercises. When done regularly, pelvic floor exercises reduce urges and leaks, as well as increase endurance in higher-impact exercises. You can do Kegels – one of the most popular remedies for bladder weakness –wherever you go!
• Steadily increase the amount of high-impact exercise in your workout routine. While high-impact exercise becomes more difficult with bladder weakness, it certainly isn’t impossible. Practice breath training to get back in the swing of weightlifting or use Nordic walking to ease into running.

Handling bladder weakness takes time, especially in day-to-day activities. At iD, we work tirelessly to help you adjust as smoothly as possible. Check out our product range to find affordable, discreet solutions that will help you look, feel and perform your best. Unsure of what works best for you? Check out this article and use our product finder to find your perfect match!

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Urinary tract infection is one of the most common types of infection. This infection is usually caused by a bacterium called E. coli that is present in the digestive system and finds its way into the urinary system. For the women, this type of infection is more troublesome and more frequent because of the smaller size of their urethra compared to men; which implies that bacteria like E.Coli should not travel very far to reach the bladder.

This type of infection is a seasonal problem also - urinary tract infections are more common in summer. Regarding this, a number of factors favour the appearance of bacteria and, consequently, of urinary tract infections. The causes are varied - the lack of hydration, an increase in the frequency of sexual intercourse, tighter underwear.

Here are some tips to enjoy the summer safely without anything stopping you:

1. Be hydrated and drink water: it prevents the accumulation of germs in the urinary tract, eliminating them in the urine.

2. Avoid underwear and swimsuits too tight: by ensuring adequate perspiration of the female intimate area, you will also avoid vaginal infections.

3. Good hygiene: take a shower with fresh water after a swim in the sea or in a pool to avoid irritation by salt, sand or chlorine. After using the toilet, wash from front to back to prevent bladder infection.

4. Keep the genital area dry: in summer, women spend a lot of free time on the beach or in the pool, so it is common to keep a wet swimsuit for hours. Humidity in the vaginal area favours the appearance of infections. It is therefore advisable to always wear a dry swimsuit (do not keep it wet for more than 30 minutes) and to have clean underwear to change.

5. Urinate after sexual intercourse: during intercourse, bacteria in the genital area can enter and accumulate in the urethra, which can lead to infection of the bladder. Therefore, the specialists insist on the importance of urinating right after. In addition, doctors point out that, unlike men, female ejaculation does not occur through the urethra, so the only way to drag and expel all the substances or particles that are introduced during penetration, is by urination It is therefore advisable to urinate, preferably within 45 minutes after penetration.

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Let's face it: urinary incontinence is still a taboo. The recognition of the disease is not easy, and that is why there have always been myths about the pathology. To banish these legends we have decided to comment on some of the most common.

It is said that urinary incontinence is typical of the elderly. Although it is true that as we get older, its incidence increases, it is not the only condition for it to happen. Incontinence can also appear after a birth, a surgery and even bad urinary habits. For example, not going to the bathroom when we need to urinate can promote incontinence. The musculature can be weakened, in fact, if this process repeats itself repeatedly over time, and may eventually lead to problems in initiating urination or even in slight losses.

Another widely spread myth is that drinking less liquid prevents incontinence. Again, this statement is not correct, since in fact, this could cause the urine to become more concentrated causing irritation in the bladder and, consequently, a greater frequency of visits to the bathroom. A good hydration is essential.

But the myths do not end here. It is usually taken for granted that urinary incontinence only affects women, but it is something that affects both men and women. In men it can happen because of the natural weakening of the muscles that surround the urethra. But, above all, it is related to prostate problems, although it can appear after surgeries.

That urinary incontinence has no solution is another of the statements that are often made false. There are methods to alleviate and minimize their effects, such as medical treatments (either through medications or surgery) or through something more traditional such as pelvic floor physiotherapy. Also moderate certain foods of our usual diet such as exciting drinks, alcohol, chocolate, spicy, etc., can help us improve in this regard. In any case, the assessment must always be carried out by a specialist.

Given the lack of knowledge, it is believed that feminine hygiene products also serve for the loss of urine. Again uncertain, because they are not designed or thought to contain the amount of fluid that urination supposes. The output speed of the urine is much faster than the menstruation and the liquid can filter quickly. Incontinence products are specifically designed to contain large amounts of liquids and are made of materials that, in addition to absorbing quickly, retain fluids and have antibacterial capabilities.

The taboo of incontinence leads many times to believe that sexual relations are impossible, but it is not a physical problem, but a mental one. Here the problem affects any age range, since the loss can occur during the relationship - due to the pressure exerted on the bladder - or at the end due to the uncontrolled spasms that occur in it. But the losses do not make it impossible to have good sexual health at all.

In any case, we recommend that you consult with your doctor to guide you and help you find the best solution.

Sleeping well is important for our health, both physical and mental. An adequate rest during the night sometimes is not as simple as it seems, especially when we begin to suffer urine losses. According to Dr. Eduard Estivill, Director of the Sleep Alterations Unit of the Institut Dexeus, "the consequences of poor sleep and rest reduce the alertness of the patient and daily activities, which increases the risk of domestic accidents, labor and traffic, and also the susceptibility to certain diseases such as depression.” “In short," - emphasizes the expert - "significantly reduces the quality of life of the patient and the relatives.”

Adults can suffer from nocturnal incontinence, that is, moderate to severe urine losses involuntarily, consciously or unconsciously while we sleep, or suffer from "nocturia" or nocturnal polyuria, that is, the necessity to go to the bathroom frequently during the night to urinate, between three and six times. Frequent urination can be caused by several factors, including certain diseases or some medications, although it can also influence the fact of having an overactive bladder, or other factors such as sleep apnea, anxiety or depression. All this causes changes in sleep patterns, tired feeling when waking and even weakening of the immune system.

By trying to avoid it, we can follow a series of very simple recommendations:

Keep a daily routine: getting up and going to bed at the same time each day is essential to get a good night's rest. Sleep cycles are linked to our daily activity, and respecting them helps you get to sleep every night. In addition, a relaxing bath, gentle stretching, reading or listening to music can help you fall asleep more easily.

Take care of your biorhythms and get up with daily light: natural light is necessary to regulate biorhythms and the sleep cycle. A part of the spectrum of natural light, known as blue light, is important for our ability to maintain healthy biological rhythms. When the brain receives less blue light, it produces less melanin, a substance that regulates the cycles of wakefulness and sleep.

Do some exercise: doing it for 20 or 30 minutes a day improves the quality of sleep. The most advisable thing is to practice exercise in the morning to activate the body, give it energy to perform during the day and when the night comes you will sleep better.

Avoid going to bed hungry: it is important to dine before going to sleep to avoid that the desire to eat wake us up in the middle of the night. But as important as this is not to dine copiously, because a heavy digestion can keep us awake much of the night. Also avoid spicy foods and follow a healthy diet.

Concentrate on sleep: thinking about the problems that have arisen during the day will only avoid you from falling asleep. Also avoid having a clock visible on the nightstand, as constantly watching it will only increase the discomfort.

The nap: this can be very restorative and help the daily performance, but try to sleep more than 30 minutes or doing so after 5 pm can damage the biological rhythm causing insomnia, less ability to concentrate during the day and can even reduce your reflexes.

Watch what you drink: the fact of drinking little will not prevent losses during the night, on the contrary. Avoid, however, caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.

Maintain good micturition health: emptying the bladder not only before sleeping but throughout the day, in addition to maintaining good habits at the time of going to the bathroom, will also help us at bedtime.

Rest is fundamental for the body and with small changes we can achieve great differences. Remember to consult with your doctor if you have any questions.

Sources:

https://www.neurologia.com/noticia/6059/el-sistema-inmunitario-se-reiniciaria-durante-el-sueno

La nocturia, principal causa de interrupción del sueño en varones adultos.

https://www.aao.org/salud-ocular/consejos/luz-natural-puede-beneficiar-las-personas-mayores

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