Adults who spent five or more hours a day watching TV and/or videos were more likely to develop nocturia, or the need to urinate multiple times during the night, according to a study published in Neurourology and Urodynamics.

The study drew from 2011–2016 data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Among 13,294 US individuals aged 20 and older, 4,236 (31.86%) reported experiencing nocturia, while 9,058 (68.14%) did not. 

Researchers say they found an unexpected inverse association between greater TV and/or video viewing time and the prevalence of nocturia, even after adjusting for factors like age, sex, ethnicity, BMI, education level, hypertension, diabetes, and more.

Participants with five or more hours of TV and/or video viewing time per day had a 48% higher risk of experiencing nocturia compared with those with less than one hour of daily TV and/or video viewing time.

Previous research has demonstrated that nocturia not only diminishes the quality of life and sleep quality, but it also elevates the risk of falls, fractures, and cardiovascular events. Studies have also shown that watching TV for an extended period has negative impacts on health, such as reducing sleep duration or affecting sleep quality. And a decrease in sleep quality is closely linked to experiencing nocturia.

“As individuals increasingly engage in screen‐based activities, a comprehensive understanding of the impact of extended TV and/or video time on patterns of nocturia is crucial for both healthcare professionals and public health practitioners,” the authors wrote. “For individuals who engage in prolonged TV and/or video time, healthcare professionals can offer behavioral intervention recommendations, encouraging appropriate screen time management.”

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