A Majority Of Men with BPE Have Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea may increase late night urination

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

(RxWiki News) A new study indicates that men with Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPE) experiencing frequent night time bathroom visits may additinally have sleep apnea issues.

Dr. Howard Tandeter, from the family medicine department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, explained men experencing frequent nighttime urination should be treated for sleep apnea, as it is often why they are waking up. 

The researchers found 57.8 percent of the men with BPE may have obstructive sleep apnea and should seek treatment.

"If you have BPE, seek treatment for sleep apnea."

Dr. Tandeter explained, "If nocturia severity in BPE patients is actually a pre-existing sleep disorder, this can now be treated and help improve patients' quality of life."

The team studied men with BPE and a need to urinate more than once per night and a control group of men without BPE that had to use the restroom one or less times per night.

The study found the men with BPE should actually be treated for obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring and pauses in breathiing are also symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.

In Depth

  • The Israeli study included men aged 55 to 75
  • The researchers found 57.8 percent of the men with BPE actually may have had sleep apnea
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Review Date: 
April 16, 2011
Last Updated:
April 19, 2011