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July 12, 2010 8:50 PM
I am just wondering how long it takes a body to get used to drinking so much water? I have to go all the time. It is really annoying at night when I get up five times before I have the chance to fall asleep.
July 12, 2010 8:55 PM
still workin on that one! plus it seems the more water i drink the thirstier i get! so not sure but it helps if you drink it slower and more spaced out thru the day but i understand ur aggrivation.
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July 12, 2010 8:59 PM
my goodness. just how much water are you drinking? there is such a thing as too much water. i drink a lot (and pee a lot) but i can make it through the night without having to go to the bathroom as long as i go right before climbing into bed.
July 12, 2010 9:11 PM
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my goodness. just how much water are you drinking? there is such a thing as too much water. i drink a lot (and pee a lot) but i can make it through the night without having to go to the bathroom as long as i go right before climbing into bed.


This is exactly what I was thinking! I can drink 14 glasses a day and still sleep through the night as long as I pee right before hand!
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July 12, 2010 9:13 PM
It usually takes my body 7-10 days, sometimes as much as 2 weeks, to regulate, but once I'm being faithful, I don't have that gotta-go-all-the-time thing. I heard someone describe it once like this: your body doesn't want to lose too much fluid, so when it isn't getting properly hydrated, it holds on to whatever it gets and only "lets go" of what it has to. When we begin drinking enough water to hydrate our bodies properly, the body slowly begins to "trust" that it can let go of additional stores of fluid. Hence, a million & one potty breaks. Once your body knows it won't be deprived, it regulates. Keep up the good work! happy
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July 12, 2010 9:14 PM
i consider myself to be someone who drinks a lot of water, and not because i'm forcing it down because i know i should. i teach (translation: talk over students all day long) so I'm always thirsty. i usually have to pee at least once a night. occasionally twice.
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July 12, 2010 9:14 PM
It helps if you sip the water throughout the day instead of chugging a glass here and there. If you sip water, your body can absorb it better because it is in more managable doses. If you chug, what the body doesn't absorb and use goes to the bladder, filling it faster.

And yes, the more water you drink on a regular basis, the happier your body is because it is more likely to be in homeostasis - fancy pants word for harmony with cells and sweat and all that good stuff. So, if you drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day and all of a sudden drink no glasses one day, your body will feel robbed.

Pee before bed and first thing in the morning... and don't hold it in.. you're just asking for trouble.

In health,
-i.

(edited to correct spelling of homeostasis)
Edited by inforsey On July 12, 2010 9:21 PM
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July 12, 2010 9:19 PM
Well, I can tell you that I have been on this journey since January, and while I drink more water now, than then, the peeing has not gotten any better and I get up at least two times every night. I drink about 100-110 oz of water from the minute I get up to the minute I go to bed. (it is said you should drink half your body weight, in ounces of water per day.) I agree, too, that the more I drink the thirstier I feel. By 4pm yesterday I had only gotten to 80 oz and I felt dehydrated!!
July 12, 2010 9:22 PM
Everyone's bladders are different sizes too.. so while one person can drink like a horse, another may only be able to drink like a ... bird.

But... on the lighter side.. I hope I always get up to pee at night instead of wetting the bed... hee hee.
  1351170
July 12, 2010 9:27 PM
I usually drink 10-12 glasses a day, sometimes more if I'm outside alot in the heat.
Like all the above posters have stated, try to spread it throughout the day in sips and don't chug.
You could try not drinking for about an hour before you lay down and see if that helps. Good luck
July 12, 2010 10:03 PM
I wasn't drinking enough, only 1 or 2 glasses a day, but now I drink 5. Still not enough, but I will get there. I am a little freaked out though because I already pee alot and adding water makes me go more.
July 12, 2010 10:57 PM
I always have a glass of water next to me, no matter where I am. I actually started doing that 19 years ago (almost) when my first son was born and I was nursing. Being a first time parent/new to babies in general, "What to expect...." said to drink water when nursing. And I nursed him a LOT!! ;) But it really got me into the habit of 'water'. And even when I was drinking a BOATLOAD of Pepsi daily, I still had many glasses of water.

I don't always have to get up at night, but I do the minute I wake up!! (Then I weigh myself!!)
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July 12, 2010 11:04 PM
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But... on the lighter side.. I hope I always get up to pee at night instead of wetting the bed... hee hee.
Better yet, on the dryer side! I wholeheartedly agree!laugh

My body got used to it pretty quickly, BUT I do rememer those days when I'd drink and pee, drink and pee, now I just drink and drink and drink and then pee.

What TMI?laugh
July 13, 2010 10:12 AM
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I wasn't drinking enough, only 1 or 2 glasses a day, but now I drink 5. Still not enough, but I will get there. I am a little freaked out though because I already pee alot and adding water makes me go more.

I pee a lot usually, too, and what I've noticed is that it's actually curbed the "having to go all the time" feeling for me.
I usually drink my first 64 oz. in the first 3 hours of my work day (between 7am and 10am). I usually have to pee like once/hour. Just a month ago, it took me until 1pm to drink that much and I was peeing every half hour to 45 minutes. Now that my body's getting used to having that water in it (and loving it), it's easier for me to drink more.
I will probably fill up that bottle again halfway (another 32oz.) and might drink all of that (most of it). I always try to stop drinking at work by 1pm. That way I can get the "leftovers" out of my system before my hour-long drive home at 4pm.
Then I work out at either 5:30 or 6:30pm and have another 32 oz. during and after the workout. I will finish that one bottle (it's only 32 oz. bottle) and that's usually it for the day. I'm usually done with drinking my water by 8pm at the latest and I'll go to bed about 9pm. About a month ago I'd have to get up once/night to go pee, now I can hold it all til the morning (have to go right before bed and right when I get up).

So that's usually about 96-128 oz. of water over the course of 16 hours or so.
Just as a reference.
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July 13, 2010 10:56 AM
I have been drinking between 9 and 12 cups of water per day for almost 10 years and I still have peeing issues. My sister and boyfriend make fun of me for it.

If I am exercising and sweating a lot, I don't pee as often. If I am working in a really hot environment, I don't pee at all unless I drink way more than my usual amount. I actually had a job that sent me to the hospital. I would drink 1.5 to 2 gallons of water during my shift (12 hours) but never once go pee because I was sweating it all out (it was generally about 120° in there and the job was very physical). I ended up severely dehydrated and suffering from a massive kidney infection that spread through my bladder and whole urinary tract. Apparently it's really bad if you never pee. The only time I was peeing during the work week was when I woke up in the afternoon to get ready for work. I will no longer work in an environment that has me sweating so much that I can't pee at all. My last job was about 100° and extremely physical but I was able to pee at least once per shift by drinking 24 oz of water and 8 oz of gatorade.

After that experience with my kidney, I don't mind peeing a lot. I'd rather pee than not pee.
July 13, 2010 11:10 AM
I have tis problem too and for me it hasn't really improved. The only way I manage to get a nights sleep without needing to pee is to drink less after 6pm. Try it and see if it works for you. smile smile
July 13, 2010 11:13 AM
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I am just wondering how long it takes a body to get used to drinking so much water? I have to go all the time. It is really annoying at night when I get up five times before I have the chance to fall asleep.


Pah! I have never gotten used to that, I practically sleepwalk to the bog now laugh

In fact, if there were a smiley for a toilet going person, I would use it, but there isn't, so this one will have to do
-------> noway drinker noway drinker noway sad drinker noway sad drinker noway drinker noway grumble noway
July 13, 2010 11:15 AM
I get up about 2-3 times during the night to use the bathroom and Ive been drinking the same amount for months. Im used to it. Like someone else said...rather get up than lay in a pool ;)
July 13, 2010 11:16 AM
I have to go about once an hour when I'm awake. Most of the time I can get through the night, but I really have to go when I wake up. I've been drinking a ton of water for probably 8 years now. At least 12 glasses a day.
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July 13, 2010 11:25 AM
I agree - I can only manage it if I limit my water intake after 7 (which also forces me to finish eating before then). Nice bonus!
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July 13, 2010 8:46 PM
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QUOTE:

my goodness. just how much water are you drinking? there is such a thing as too much water. i drink a lot (and pee a lot) but i can make it through the night without having to go to the bathroom as long as i go right before climbing into bed.


This is exactly what I was thinking! I can drink 14 glasses a day and still sleep through the night as long as I pee right before hand!


I think it also depends on how well (deeply) someone sleeps. I have found that no matter how much/little I drink or how early/late I quit drinking I ALWAYS have to get up MULTIPLE times a night to pee. But I also sleep very lightly. My mom also has the same problem and a doctor once told her she just wasn't sleeping deep enough to sleep through it.
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July 13, 2010 9:39 PM
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I wasn't drinking enough, only 1 or 2 glasses a day, but now I drink 5. Still not enough, but I will get there. I am a little freaked out though because I already pee alot and adding water makes me go more.


2P or not 2P......

Do you drink coffee or any other caffeinated/sugared drink as well? Both are diuretics (peeeeeeeee peeeeeeee peeeeeeeeeeeee! *burp* q... PEEEEE!!!) and when you put water in on top of that it's pretty rotten. I should know - I have a small bladder (I call it a pea sized bladder - get it? pea? hahahaha! *ahem* anyyyyyway....), I drink roughly about the same as you and I'm a coffee addict (HUSH all you crazy health nuts - I gave up my nicotine - I'm keeping my caffeine, dang it!) and I've had 2 kids... talk about a party with my commode... wow. If I had to pay it for every flush, my toilet would own my house.

I have noticed though that the longer I drink consistently (water that is - the coffee goes without saying!), the longer it is between sittings. How long does it take? It's different each time, each day and I'd guess for each person. That's not to say that it will necessarily EVER get to the point that I can call it 'infrequent'... but on those days where I'm literally going every 10 minutes (I don't know what's up with those days - I've clocked it once - I LITERALLY went every 10 minutes ALL DAY!), I'm thrilled when I end up going a few hours. Perhaps just limiting your intake in the 2 hours prior to bed if you haven't already tried that?

Best of luck to you!!!
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July 14, 2010 8:16 AM
I'm glad I'm not the only one who was thinking 2P or not 2P.

I'm wondering if anyone else has pee based dreams. I'm not usually a deep sleeper but every once in a while it does happen. I end up having to pee at some point during the night but it doesn't wake me up. So, what happens is that I end up dreaming that I have to go to the bathroom - but I can't. Every bathroom I stop at has a problem, like the the toilets are clogged or there's no toilet paper. Usually I'm on a cross country trip, stopping at every rest stop along the way. Sometimes I will go pee but only trickle a little, the way you do when you have a UTI. So as soon as I stop trickling, I still have to go.

I know that it's my subconscious way of NOT allowing myself to wet the bed but I really wish it would actually wake me up so I could go pee and then get on with my normal SciFi/Fantasy inspired dreams.
July 14, 2010 8:21 AM
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who was thinking 2P or not 2P.

I'm wondering if anyone else has pee based dreams. I'm not usually a deep sleeper but every once in a while it does happen. I end up having to pee at some point during the night but it doesn't wake me up. So, what happens is that I end up dreaming that I have to go to the bathroom - but I can't. Every bathroom I stop at has a problem, like the the toilets are clogged or there's no toilet paper. Usually I'm on a cross country trip, stopping at every rest stop along the way. Sometimes I will go pee but only trickle a little, the way you do when you have a UTI. So as soon as I stop trickling, I still have to go.

I know that it's my subconscious way of NOT allowing myself to wet the bed but I really wish it would actually wake me up so I could go pee and then get on with my normal SciFi/Fantasy inspired dreams.


Haha, I have pee based dreams too! Usually the toilets all have carpet in them, and I'm on a boat.

I think if you try and not drink a whole lot right before bed you should be ok. Have you always woke up at night to pee? I know it's a rare night for me if I don't wake up around 3 or 4 am to use the bathroom. Some people just have smaller bladders. And the sipping rather than chugging thing is important too.
January 25, 2011 10:00 PM
I am so glad to hear Im not the only one with peeing problems. I thought I was a freak when I got up 1 or 2 times a night to pee. and trying to drink enough water, even spaced out causes ne to pee every 20-30 minutes. I get embrassed i go so much.
And for those if you talking about dreams at night where you have to pee? I was laughing hard because i have dreams like that too. In my dream Im in search of bathrooms, but when i get to
them I either go or not go. I get the feeling and continue to find toilets to pee. Eventially I actually wake up and have to go bathroom. lol! I think its herititary because my Mom always has to pee and goes even more times then me. Road trips our fun in my family! lol!

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