Dr Oz: Why Do I Pee in the Middle of the Night But Never Poop?

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Dr Oz: Why Do I Pee in the Middle of the Night But Never Poop?

By on December 3, 2010

Dr Oz did a segment called Ask Dr Oz: Why Does My Body Do That?  Doctor Oz answered all kinds of sensitive and even awkward questions about our bodies from Why Do My Feet Tingle After Exercise to Why Do We Sneeze to Why Do I Pee At Night to Why Does Pregnancy Make Your Feet Grow? Dr Oz Why Do You Pee At Night

Dr Oz: Why Do I Pee At Night But Don’t Poop?

Dr Oz was asked a very interesting question by a lady in his audience – why do we have to get up in the middle of the night frequently to pee, but we never get up in the middle of the night to poop?  I never really thought about this question, but after she asked it, I immediately became curious as to why this is the case.

Dr Oz showed a diagram to show how small the bladder is compared to the big intestinal system, which is in charge of your poop.  Dr Oz said people often urinate once at night, but if you pee 4-5 times a night or more, then it can be very problematic for getting a good nights sleep.  Dr Oz said that we should use night lights so that when we get up at night to go to the bathroom we do not wake ourselves up entirely – plus it helps to not wake-up others.

Dr Oz: How Much Do You Poop Each Year?

Dr Oz said that on average, a person poops 183 pounds a year – so you are basically pooping out an entire man every year!  Compare this to the average amount a person pees every year – 1200 pounds of urine.  So you have around 6.5% more urine than poop, which is another reason that it is more likely to wake you up.

Dr Oz showed how the bladder only has one sphincter, whereas the intestines have two sphincters to hold the poop in.  If you do not go to bathroom in time, the sphincter can leak which is why your body wakes you up if you have to pee.

Dr Oz: How to Avoid Going to the Bathroom At Night

Dr Oz said that you should avoid salty food at dinner, because that can increase your chances of having to pee at night.  Also, do not drink too much right before going to bed.

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Comments to Dr Oz: Why Do I Pee in the Middle of the Night But Never Poop?

  1. Does aging have anything to do with waking up in the middle of the night to pee? I know it’s normal but for the past 3-4 nights I have been needing to wake up to go pee or else I can’t fall asleep. I will try limiting salty food and drinks late at night, but like I said before, does Age have anything to do with it?

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