Bedwetting is the loss of bladder control during the night. The medical term for bedwetting is nocturnal nighttime enuresis. Bedwetting is a standard developmental stage for some children. However, it can be a symptom of underlying illness or disease in adults. About 2 percent of adults experience bedwetting , which can be attributed to a variety of causes and may require treatment.
There's no shame in recognizing that you have a problem with adult bedwetting. In fact, accepting that your body is not functioning the way you'd like it to is the first step towards treatment - and you'll be happy to hear that real, effective treatments are available. Simply put, there's no reason why anyone shouldn't have a dry night - and that includes you. It's worth noting that bedwetting in adults is actually different than what children go through. And while that might not remove the embarrassment, you must know that nocturnal enuresis is involuntary and not your fault.
Bed-wetting is often associated with childhood. Indeed, up to one-quarter of children experience problems with nocturnal enuresis, or urinating while asleep. Most children grow out of the condition when their bladders become larger and better developed.
Bed-wetting that starts in adulthood secondary enuresis is uncommon and requires medical evaluation. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Advertising revenue supports our not-for-profit mission.