Bed Wetting and Deep Sleep

Questions you might have:

  • Is there a correlation between bed wetting and deep sleep?
  • My child a deep sleeper, is that why they have night time accidents?

If your child is potty trained during the day, but continues to wet his/her bed at night, you are probably frustrated and are wondering why your child continues to wet his or her bed at night?

There is a similar situation here with bed wetting and deep sleep. Physicians will tell you that there is no EEG evidence to indicate any difference in sleep stages and frequencies between children who wet and who don't wet. But as parents of children, who wet, know that their children are deep sleepers and are very difficult to awaken.

A study was done in Canada to measure the minimum volume it took to wake up children. The study confirmed what parents have know for years; children who wet at night were dramatically more difficult to wake.

Lyle D. Danuloff, Ph.D. (from writes:

"I was reviewing your comment about bedwetting and deep sleep wanted to comment.

I work with the Enuresis Treatment Center, which deals only with bedwetting cases. From the tens of thousands of patients, ages 4 to 56, we have successfully treated, we know the core problem. Bedwetting is actually a problem caused by abnormally deep sleep, which doesn’t allow for the bedwetter's brain and bladder to connect so they can effectively respond to each other.

In 99% of all bedwetting cases, the root cause is sleeping so deeply. It is an inherited deep-sleep disorder that results in non-restorative, unhealthy sleep. This is not quality sleep, but compromised sleep that results in daytime symptoms; difficulty awakening, fatigue, memory difficulty, irritability, difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity.

Bedwetting, as well as the deep sleep disorder, can continue into adulthood if left untreated. If one were to outgrow bedwetting -of which there is NO guarantee - then they are left with the sleep disorder that caused the bedwetting in the first place. It is common in adult years to then see the occurrence of sleep apnea, sleepwalking, insomnia, ADD symptoms. 1 in 50 teenagers, as well as a reported 3.2 million adults (ages 20-50) still wet the bed.

There is help for all ages. For 34 years, The Enuresis Treatment Center has successfully treated thousands of people from around the world who thought there was no hope for their child’s or their own bedwetting. Our research and experience has validated that bedwetting is the result of a genetically-linked sleep disorder that can be treated. We are a world leader in enuresis treatment, and the only clinic to reach a global community. I would encourage you to visit their website and take advantage of their extensive knowledge on treating this issue."

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