Is Alcohol Making Me Wet The Bed? It Could Be…

Unfortunately, many of us wake up with a wet bed with very little idea of how it happened. It’s a horrible thought, waking up with cold, wet sheets and being utterly confused.

However, it’s much more common that you’d think and it could be happening for a variety of reasons, and one thing that could be causing it is alcohol consumption.

More and more people are abusing alcohol at present, a knock on effect from the stressful times we live in, with pandemics, cost of living crises and a global warming crisis, with the bottle often used as a coping mechanism.

It’s seeing more people have severe health problems and more people being called out in an alcohol rehab intervention, particularly by partners who are waking up to see a wet bed next to them.

The truth is, alcohol could be making you wet the bed, and you are certainly not the only one suffering from it. 

It’s believed over 35 million people in the USA have a problem with incontinence and around five million of those have a bedwetting problem, with alcohol not the cause of that, but it can certainly add to the problem, causing you to urinate more

Alcohol, and drugs like caffeine, can trigger bladder leaks, with alcohol a diuretic, which means an increased production of ruine and therefore when it comes to going to sleep, a higher chance of leakage in your sleep.

It’s not the only substance though, with the following also potential triggers:

  • Coffee and tea
  • Chocolate
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Spicy foods
  • Citrus foods
  • Acidic foods
  • Sugar

As well as certain medications. The best thing to do if you are suffering is understand what you’re consuming prior to those nights and seeing if there are any consistencies. So, if you are tending to wet the bed after nights in the pub, cutting down on your alcohol intake will provide you with a better chance of not wetting the bed and a dry night’s sleep. Similarly with any of the above, by ensuring you’re limiting the number of potential trigger points, you’ll be able to limit incontinence in your life and ultimately improve your own mental wellbeing too, as it can be an incredibly difficult period, especially for younger adults who are in the midst of dating.

All it takes is simple lifestyle changes, and while you may miss having a drink with friends, the pros of doing so far outweigh the cons.


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