COVID-19 raises risk of a troubling sleep disorder

Dear Reader,

Many people started having sleep problems in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

But for many, the problems persist—even though infection rates have started to dramatically decline, as I said they would.

Well, this could be one major reason why…

A recent study found that people who contracted coronavirus over the last two years run a much higher risk of developing a new sleep disorder that causes them to wake up as often as FIVE times a night.

Worse yet, if you’re over 60—you already run a much higher risk of developing it!

Fortunately, as I’ll explain in a moment, there are some excellent natural solutions that can help limit—and even prevent—these troubling nighttime awakenings.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Upsetting problem affects 50 percent of people over 60

As anyone over 60 years of age knows, your sleep patterns tend to change as you get older. And nocturia can certainly play a big part in triggering that change…

Nocturia is a chronic condition that causes you to wake up—sometimes several times a night—to urinate. As you get older, your risk of suffering from it increases dramatically. In fact, by age 60…50 percent of people suffer from it. And by age 70…80 to 90 percent do!

Plus, a new study presented at the 2021 meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) found that many people who were hospitalized for COVID-19 go on to develop nocturia, too.

The average age of the people in the study was 65 years. Prior to contracting COVID-19, none of them suffered from any bladder or sleep problems.

But after infection, many of them reported making as many as five trips to the bathroom at night.

(Interestingly, the participants also had higher levels of two inflammatory biochemicals in their urine: interleukin-6 (IL-6) and C-reactive protein (CRP). I’ll address those more in a moment.)

Of course, nocturia can also occur when:

  • You drink too many fluids (especially alcoholic or caffeinated beverages) too close to bedtime.
  • You suffer from high blood pressure or heart disease, which can cause fluids to back up in the body.
  • You suffer from high blood sugar, which causes your kidneys to excrete excess fluids.
  • You take any number of prescription drugs—including diuretics, certain antibiotics, and medications for seizures.

In men, an enlarged prostate can also cause nocturia. And in women, menopause can trigger it.

To eliminate nocturia, first identify the cause

Of course, before you can eliminate nocturia, you need to try to identify exactly what’s causing it. I suggest first finding a good health practitioner who will take the time to listen and review your medical history, prescription medications, and symptoms.

You should also try to cut off fluid intake starting at least two hours before bedtime.

In addition, if you’ve had COVID-19, I suggest asking your doctor to test your urine for both IL-6 and CRP. To reduce levels of these chronic inflammation markers, which also raise your risk of heart disease, I recommend:

  • A high-quality vitamin B complex that contains at least 30 mg of B6, 800 mcg of folate, and 1,000 mcg of B12, taken daily.
  • Vitamin D3—25 mcg (10,000 IU) per day.
  • Vitamin K2—150 mcg per day. (Note: Vitamin K may interact with anticoagulant drugs, which are often prescribed to people with heart conditions. As always, consult with your physician before adding any supplements to your diet.)
  • Betaine—500 mg per day.
  • L-carnitine—500 mg per day.
  • Coenzyme Q10—200 mg per day.

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