Chief Complaint: “I Am Up All Night” – How Should You Respond

Diane K. Newman | December 11, 2018

“I am up all night” is a complaint voiced by many of my patients, both male and female patients.  But when I hear this, I know that they are not saying they are continuously awake all night but that they are up enough times to make it feel like they never got to sleep at all.  When asked why, this complaint usually translates to a prevalent symptom, nocturia, when you get up more than two times per night to urinate. 

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Diane K. Newman, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN is an Adjunct Professor of Urology in Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and Co-Director of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health. She is the author of several books. The most recent is as lead editor of the 1st edition of the SUNA Core Curriculum for Urologic Nursing and of Clinical Application of Urologic Catheters, Devices and Products.

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