Bedwetting and Sleep

Tiredness can contribute to wet nights

Overtiredness can sometimes provoke bedwetting, so here are some useful tips to improve the quality and quantity of sleep:-

  • Set a regular bedtime and a wake-up time (this should stay the same at the weekends otherwise it disrupts the natural sleep cycle).
  • The bedroom should be cool and quiet.
  • Ensure there is as little light as possible in the bedroom during the night and into the morning.
  • A calm and consistent bedtime routine helps.
A consistent sleeping and waking schedule can help with bedwetting.
Boy has Primary Nocturnal Enuresis
  • No electronics (especially small devices such as the phone or iPad) for two hours before bed.  If it has to be used, you can set up a night mode or turn down the brightness.
  • Digestion hinders sleep, so if possible, no food for about two hours before bed.  It is probably difficult to do, but try to eat dinner as early as possible.
  • No snacks before bed for the same reason.
  • Avoid caffeine, chocolate, milk, and fizzy drinks.
  • Only have sips of water for two hours before bed, if absolutely necessary.
  • It is best practice to go to the toilet 1 hour before bed, then 15 minutes before bed, and again just before going to sleep.  

Below are some general guidelines as to how many hours of sleep the average child requires at various ages.  However, some children may need more!  For instance, my daughter has always needed more than the guidelines suggest.

CHILD’S AGE

SLEEP HOURS

6 years10 3/4
7 years10 1/2
8 years10 1/4
9 years10
10 years9 3/4
11 years9 1/2
12 years9 1/4

Source:  Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems by Dr. Richard Ferber.