A recent study found that a significant population of male adults diagnosed with benign prostate enlargement (BPE) may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It may be the reason why men get awakened in the middle of the night in order to relieve themselves in the comfort room.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, was conducted by researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Negev, Israel. Scientists compared men whose ages ranged from 55 to 75. They were randomly selected from primary clinics and were all diagnosed with BPE. Each of them reports that they wake up at least once every night in order to go to the bathroom.
The act of waking up in order to urinate is known as nocturia, and is one of the most common symptoms of BPE. The scientists found that 57.8% of participants are at high probability of suffering from sleeping disorders which may be the actual cause of nocturia.