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‘Sleep Normal’ campaign urges Americans to end frequent nighttime urination and stop settling for nights of bad sleep
‘Sleep Normal’ is a collaboration between
This playful campaign engages people with clever puns and stark neon lights to play off a nightlife motif. The campaign centers on the ‘Sleep Normal’ website, which provides information on nocturia and its impact on sleep, and a Sleep Whizzz quiz to test knowledge on the condition.
“Although it is a serious issue affecting the sleep and well-being of millions of Americans, nocturia is still relatively unknown to the public,” says
Nocturia affects nearly 50 million Americans1,2 and is a leading cause of sleep disruption.3,4 Waking up two or more times each night to go to the bathroom is not normal and can lead to nighttime falls,5,6 daytime drowsiness and irritability.7 Nocturia leads to insufficient or low-quality sleep, which can lead to impaired cognitive and physical function, especially if the first four hours are not restful.8 This in turn can lead to an increased risk of being in a traffic accident,9 depression,10,11 cardiovascular disease,12 obesity,13 Type 2 diabetes,14 colon cancer15 and even death in older men.16
The most common cause of nocturia is a condition called nocturnal polyuria, which happens when the kidneys produce too much urine at night,17 however, only 18 percent of doctors treat nocturia with therapies that address this issue.18
“Nocturia is not a well-known condition even though it affects so many people,” says
Talking to your doctor is the first step to addressing frequent nighttime urination and may help you sleep normal. Visit www.sleepnormal.com to learn more about nocturia.
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2 Population distribution by age.
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7 Data on file (Harris Poll).
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