Many parents who have a chronic bedwetter consider their children to be deep sleepers. However, bed wetting doesn't appear to be related to any particular stage of sleep. In addition, all deep sleepers aren't bedwetters.
A study carried out by Institute of Experimental Clinical Research, Denmark, shows that bedwetting children are 'normal sleepers'.1 Yet, why does it appear that most parents of bedwetting children feel their child sleeps deeply? Senior lecturer Tryggve Neveus at Uppsala University in Sweden suggests it is because these children can be so difficult to wake. Their sleep is 'normal' but their ability to arouse from the sleep is more problematic.2
It is therefore important to ensure that children who wet the bed aren't overtired and get good quality, sufficient sleep.
Here is some information on how to get a better sleep and therefore wake up more easily:-
Improving the amount and quality of sleep can lead to more dry nights. Another way to help children wake up to go to the toilet, is to increase their level of awareness at certain times in the night. This is covered here Bedwetting and Sleep.
Stay Dry at Night is a bedwetting program that aims to build the communication between the brain and bladder so that the child wakes up to go to the toilet. The program provides essential bedwetting information, recordings for your child to listen to at night, and ongoing help and support. 60 day money back guarantee!
1. Jens Peter Nørgaard, Jens Christian Djurhuus “The Pathophysiology of Enuresis in Children and Young Adults” Clin Pediatr (Phila). July 1993 vol. 32 no. 1 suppl 5-9
2. Nevéus T., Enuretic sleep: deep, disturbed or just wet? Pediatr Nephrol. 2008 Aug;23(8):1201-2. doi: 10.1007/s00467-008-0859-1. Epub 2008 May 15.
3. Crystal Saltrelli "Whats the Connection Between Sleep and Digestion, Blog, MARCH 11, 2010, accessesd 30 June 2006 http://livingwithgastroparesis.com/gastroparesis-sleep/
4. Mike Klawitter, School of Medicine and Public Health, Published 02/20/2009, accessed 30 June 2016 http://www.med.wisc.edu/news-events/wetting-the-bed-could-be-all-in-the-head/332
5. 10 Things You Didn't Know About The Sleep Hormone: Melatonin, Accessed 30 June 2016 http://blog.withings.com/2014/08/26/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-sleep-hormone-melatonin/
6. National Sleep Foundation. https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/children-and-sleep/page/0/2, Accessed 30 June 2016
Ginny Laver is a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner who specialises in helping children to stop bedwetting.