How do you calculate the number of times a night you get up?

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I've seen many comments about "I get up 6 times a night" or "After PAE I only get up twice a night".   Does that mean that no matter what time you go to bed and no matter what time you get up, your sleep was interrupted 6 or 2 times?  

I've been keeping a chart to see if vaious things I'm trying have helped me to wake up less often.  So I've started standardizing my 'nights' to make better comparisons and mark trends.

To be consistent, I take the hours from 11-6, during which I should be getting a solid 7 hours sleep, and count the times I got up during those hours.  

Has anyone else thought about how to count and compare the number of times per night?

What about if you return to bed then find out you need to get up again before falling asleep.  I've had nights were it took me several trips over 20 minutes, before I could sleep again.  Would you count this as separate interruptions?

Currently I'm trying various doses of cialis and my chart shows a generally downward curve.

Has anyone else thought of ways to measure our interruptions so we can learn how to get better sleep?

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    I always wake up more times than I get up. The quality of my sleep is predicated by a number of things including my wife's sleep. Between the two of us, we each wake up 2 to 5 times a night, but I typically only get out of bed to urinate once and then only 50% of the time. The more tired I am, the better I sleep so I try to hike/exercise/golf - do something physical each day. The deeper I sleep, the less urine the body produces, the less likely I will need to get up. I also sleep better in the winter months.


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    I had the rezum 

    procedure done and it's been 4 weeks. I had it done because I was getting up 6 or 7 times a night. I have a counter in the bathroom and every time I get up to pee I hit the counter.  The rezum seems to be helping because I have only been getting up 3 times a night. I would count each interruption be fore falling asleep again.  Hope you get better sleep and hope you don't get up 6 or 7 times a night soon,take care.

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      I am counting the times I get up to empty my bladder after I fall asleep.  For a couple of months, I was recording the time, the amount of urine (I pee into a calibrated plastic urninal), and the time it takes me to void.  This way, I can calculate the average flow rate while I'm peeing.   I also use the urninal as I have to get the Depends pulled down, and by doing this while standing and moving the urinal into position, I have a better chance of not having urine go where I don't want it to.  (Like my PJs, the floor or the front of the counter.  Since I have the Depends with their 28 individual elastic cords stretched aournd my knees and thighs, I gave up on standing at the toilet after a couple of attempts.  Life in the slow lane!

      After two TURP procedures in the last 5 months, the average flow rate is still  only about 3-3.5 cc/sec and the bladder capacity seems to be 200 to 300 cc at best.  I sleep on my back, or otherwise, I don't think I'd ever be calling upon the bladder for storage.

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    I count the number of times my sleep was interrupted, but only with the following conditions..

    1. Sometimes it can take more than once to empty, so I count all the times I get up to pee within a half hour as if it's only getting up once.

    2. I think all men pee when they wake up, and don't go back to sleep, so , since I was getting up anyway, I don't count that last time as long as I don't go back to sleep.


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    I was asked to keep a "diary" of all my input and output prior to my PAE. I decided I would consider having to get up to mean each occasion between my "final" pee and the time I normally get up. Before PAE this averaged around 4 times. Since PAE it averages once but that will go up to twice If I've been drinking beer a lot. Since PAE I have only had one night where I slept through and on that occasion I was particularly tired so I think there is something in heavy exercise helping. What compounds the problem for me is my rhinitis, caused by allergic reaction to pollen and dust, leaves me with a bunged up nose quite often. This leads to a dry mouth and the need to drink water, I can regularly go through 500ml a night, so gettting up is almost inevitable anyway. If it never gets worse I will be delighted, particularly after reading some of the experiences on here.

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