Just a few months ago for some reason, my bladder decided to take control of my life. Prior to that, urination was just a normal and relatively occasional happening.
When my bladder took over, I needed to get up five times every night to relieve myself, and very frequently during the daytime as well. At the age of 76 I found this very inconvenient and distressing.
After a great deal of investigation and experimentation I found the following three features to be of significance in reducing this problem greatly.
1) Pelvic floor muscle exercises.
2) Acupressure application.
3 ) Terazosin prescription pills.
I now find, after applying the following recommendations, that I need to get up only twice each night at about three hour intervals, and I am sleeping well. The daytime is also noticeably better. I do stress that I am not a doctor and have no medical training. My background is of computers and jet engines so it is not very relevant . You would be wise to discuss this with your doctor before trying the various exercises.
Proper usage of items 1 and 2 is quite essential and both are necessary. Item 3 you have merely to remember to take one of these pills each day and to bear in mind that a side-effect is a promotion of dizziness. For this reason, when you are taking these you must be very careful when getting out of bed or even up from a chair. A fall would not help your progress at all.
Item 1. Pelvic floor muscles. This is a group of muscles at the lower part of the pelvis which weaken as we grow older. They control our anal passage and also our bladder. We have all observed old men walking around passing wind involuntarily.
Be aware of which muscles are tightened when we are sitting at a table eating dinner with guests and suddenly notice that we wish to pass wind. We can usually tighten the relevant muscles while we are sitting there. If during the day, we take the trouble to tighten the muscles quite often, they will become stronger. That is half of the job.
The other half is the bladder approach. If consciously we tighten those muscles in such a way that our penis is moved as well, then we are doing the job we want to do.
This exercise should be done often, the more we do it the better off we shall be. If the urge comes upon you during the day, do this exercise once or twice and you will likely find that the urge has disappeared for a while.
The following URL gives more information about this topic. It is well worth a read.
The processes for women, whom you might have noticed are differently constructed, are also discussed in this article.
Item 2. Acupressure. This is using a technique which has been used in China for something like 5000 years. It sounds a bit kinky but it certainly works. It is related to Acupuncture which uses needles. Acupressure does not use needles but only your fingers or the rubber tip of an ordinary pencil. It can be performed while you are in bed or sitting down in your own home. The process is to identify a pressure point in a specified area and press it reasonably firmly for about 30 seconds. Our current interest is a pair of pressure points, one on each foot, which reduce urinary flow for a while. Another pair, also on the feet, has the effect of encouraging sleep. Pictures follow.
In this case, I press the urinary flow points during the course of the evening. I also press them on occasion during the day. When I get to bed I then press these same points and also the points which encourage sleep.
When I wake up during the night and have returned to bed I press these same points once again. It only takes about two minutes. Identifying the position of these points involves prodding around until you find a sore spot.
The first picture indicates the whereabouts of the urinary point and the second indicates the whereabouts of the sleep encouragement point. These points appear symmetrically on both feet.
Item 3). Terazosin prescription pills. These must be prescribed by your doctor and you should discuss their effect's with him or her. I was warned that they would cause some dizziness when rising from a bed or a chair. Personally I find only a little dizziness is caused and that is only briefly. Your situation might be different.
Results. I have been carefully using this total system for three night's now. It seems to work perfectly consistently. I have been going to bed at nine o'clock each evening, waking up at about six o'clock in the morning, and ultimately getting up at about eight o'clock each morning.
I now sleep more and much better, and intend now trying going to bed at 930 so that I wake up a little later each morning. I should then spend less time awake in the morning before getting up and less time lying there dozily looking forward to my regular excellent breakfast.