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Thirsty during the night.

Question Posted Wednesday January 25 2006, 6:49 pm

I wake up in the middle of the night or around like 3 am usually and get up and just drink so much. Like this morning, for instance, I remember getting up and drinking two cans of coke a cola and then a glass of chocolate milk and then just going right back to sleep. I usually do this very fastly. It seems like i cant control it, i just get up and do it without thinking. But i dont even wake up when i need to use the potty!!

Is this/Am I Normal?
What should I Do?

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Warmthoughtsofyou04 answered Saturday September 19 2009, 2:07 am:
Ok first of all, as a NURSE...I think I know what the hell I'm talking about. Milk does NOT leech calcium out of your system. WTF is wrong with you? The reason America has so many ppl with osteoporosis is because ppl DON'T drink their milk and don't take their calcium supplements like they're supposed to. Are you a doctor? No, you're not. Milk is good but can thicken your mucous/saliva and make you feel more thirsty. Water is much better to drink at night.

The only things I can think of that could be causing it are the fact that you might sleep with your mouth open, causing your mouth and throat to dry out quickly and make you extremely thirsty. I do this, and I tend to wake up and drink water that I keep at my beside table.

Another thing might be diabetes. I hate to say it but excessive thirst can be a symptom of type 2 diabetes.

But you could also be starving your body of thirst during the day. Eating a salty meal such as Chinese food, Mexican food, or fast food depletes your body of about 1 liter of fluid. So if you normally drink 2 liters of fluid a day, try drinking 3 and see if that doesn't help.

If you see that the thirst starts to take over your life, wanting to drink constantly through the day as well as at night, make sure you see your doctor and have them do a glucose tolerance test. If that comes back abnormal they will probably do some further testing to see if you have diabetes. I hope this is not the case.

If you have any further questions please feel free to ask!


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luckybutt32 answered Saturday January 28 2006, 1:04 am:
maybe you dont drink enough during the day or you are getting to much salt intake. i do know that colas will make you dehydrated so maybe switch to water it will satisy you more.

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Heartwhisper answered Friday January 27 2006, 5:10 pm:
First drinking a cola, any kind is not healthy. There is loads of caffeine in them and diet ones kill brain cells your body can't/doesn't replace or rebuild. Milk is bad also.... doing any kind of dairy products is bad for your health as it literally leeches the calcium out of your bones, that why, the USA where the most dairy is consumed has the highest rate of osteoperosis in the world! If you wish to drink something, what's wrong with plain ole water or some chammomile tea, which helps one go to sleep safely as it's not bad for your health! You're young and you would be wise to begin developing good habits now, that take into consideration the health and well-being of your body. Afterall, your body has to get you through the rest of your life.... do it in style and with a great, healthy and happy body!

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MikeCFT answered Thursday January 26 2006, 9:50 pm:
Your problem is that you are drinking Coke. Things like Coke and milk and juice all dehydrate our bodies instead of hydrating it and cause an even greater demand for real hydration (WATER)

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alisonmarie answered Thursday January 26 2006, 7:34 am:
It sounds as if your body needs more liquid that you are giving it throughout the day, and so it's taking charge at night!

Ways to help: make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. By the time you start to feel thirsty, you're already in the first stages of dehydration, so drink up!

Things with sugar in them, like Coke or juice, will only dehydrate your faster. It's best to drink non-sugar things - check the label. Water is by far the best for your body.

At night when you wake up, skip the milk and Coke. This is probably doing a lot of damage to your teeth, and you could end up with cavaties. Keep a glass on the counter for yourself and stick a post-it to it saying 'Water!!'

If you get into the habit of drinking water at night, then you're helping your teeth and your thirst.

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truadvice answered Wednesday January 25 2006, 11:10 pm:
you may be dehydrated , try sleeping with a fan on or a thinner cover . if your always drinking in the day like you do at night you may have diabetes . talk to your doctor.

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XoNeLLiE143oX answered Wednesday January 25 2006, 8:44 pm:
yes its normal, your body is dehydrated. you shouldnt drink chocolate milk and coca cola because those wioll just make you more thirsty. Try drinking ice water...if that doesnt work then s=ask a doctor and he/she will reccomend something...<33 danielle *rate*

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TheLoveDoctor answered Wednesday January 25 2006, 7:22 pm:
try drinking more healthy drinks during the day. keep a bottle of water with you all the time. also, don't eat salty foods or drink milk before bed either. it makes you thirsty.
i usually drink alot at night too and so do my friends though so it's normal.

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karenR answered Wednesday January 25 2006, 7:18 pm:
A lot of people do this.

I would get a big giant cup. Maybe one of those they sell at convenience stores with a lid on it.
Fill it with icy cold water and keep it next to your bed.

By the way, chocolate milk will make you thirsty. Be careful of what you eat or drink before going to bed. Stay away from salty things. That might help a little too. :)

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