Patrina Ha Yuen Caldwell does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. This article is part of our series looking at health conditions in children. Bed-wetting is surprisingly common in older children and young adults. Lack of public awareness and stigma associated with bed-wetting means few seek professional help despite successful treatments being available. Bed-wetting enuresis is a sleep problem. It occurs when individuals are unable to wake to urinate when the bladder is full.
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Although bedwetting — or enuresis — is commonly associated with children, it can affect adults too. Adult bedwetting can be caused by a urinary tract infection, other medical condition, a side effect of medication, or stress. Other reasons for nocturnal enuresis can be related to the anatomy of your bladder, including if it is overactive, or smaller than usual. Nocturnal enuresis is defined as involuntary urination during the night, after an age when bladder control should be established. It is more common in children, but adult bedwetting is not rare — or anything to be ashamed of.
Bed-wetting that starts in adulthood secondary enuresis is uncommon and requires medical evaluation. Erik P. Castle, M. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Advertising revenue supports our not-for-profit mission.