Ferring Pharmaceuticals: Waking up to Go to the Toilet is the Number One Cause of a Poor Night’s Sleep, Say Experts on World Sleep Day

  • Nocturia, the need to wake up and urinate more than once at night,
    disturbs the sleep of 1 in 3 adults over the age of 30 and two thirds
    of adults over the age of 65
  • Up to 80% of people who complain of a disturbed night’s sleep
    report that nocturia is the main reason they wake in the middle of the
  • Nocturia may be a symptom of a serious health problem3
  • Poor sleep can put you at increased risk of cancer, diabetes and
    heart disease, as well as impacting productivity, relationships and

SAINT PREX, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On World Sleep Day sleep experts encourage people to understand the
value of healthy and solid sleep. In particular, if they need to go to
the toilet more than once in the night they have nocturia, a condition
which affects one in three adults over the age of 30 and two thirds of
adults over the age of 65.1

“People think that getting up in the night to go to the toilet is just
part of getting older, but it doesn’t need to be,” says Philip Van
Kerrebroeck, Editor of the Nocturia Resource Centre and Professor of
Urology at the University of Maastricht. “Poor sleep can seriously
damage your health so people who are getting up several times a night
should go to their doctor to see what’s causing it. The good news is
that nocturia can be treated so you don’t need to suffer in silence.”

The broken night’s sleep caused by trips to the bathroom can have huge
consequences for mental and physical health. Productivity, relationships
and career success can be impacted4. Lack of sleep can impact
all forms of mental functioning, making it much harder to concentrate,
remember things and pick up new skills or facts4. Poor
sleep has also been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, weakened
immune systems, heart disease and even some cancers5,6,7.
Lack of sleep is also related to many psychological conditions such as
depression, anxiety and psychosis8,9.

Nocturia, the need to wake up to pass urine at night, can be caused by
an overproduction of urine3. It can also be caused by
external factors such as: excess fluids before bedtime, medications,
alcohol, caffeine, or diuretic medications; in rare cases it could also
be a symptom of something more serious such as: diabetes, high blood
pressure or cardiovascular disease3.

About Ferring Pharmaceuticals:
Headquartered in Switzerland,
Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a research-driven, specialty
biopharmaceutical group active in global markets. The company
identifies, develops and markets innovative products in the areas of
reproductive health, urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and
orthopaedics. Ferring has its own operating subsidiaries in nearly 60
countries and markets its products in 110 countries. To learn more about
Ferring or its products please visit www.ferring.com.

About World Sleep Day
World Sleep Day is an annual event
intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important
issues related to sleep. It is organised by the World Sleep Day
Committee of the World Sleep Society (founded by World Association of
Sleep Medicine and the World Sleep Federation) and will take place on
Friday 17th March 201710.

Ferring is a proud supporter of World Sleep Day


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