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Many people have experienced waking up from a dream of going to the bathroom to find that they've either gone, are going, or really have to go. For most, this is a one-time occurrence and it's nothing to worry about. If this is a repeated problem, however, you should seek help. It's not the dream that's causing the accident, it's the fact your body isn't waking up to its need to urinate.
My Experience With Bedwetting Dreams
I was walking upstairs and felt my nightgown against my body. I was warm, surprisingly so for wintertime. My bare feet were not even cold, and, usually, it's freezing in the house. I made my way to the bathroom, where I proceeded to do what all humans do. I peed.
Ahhh, sweet relief....
What the hell have I just done? I'm peeing! I'm peeing in my bed, and I can't stop! Holy crap, this is crazy!
Apparently, this scenario was just a really vivid dream. So much so that I actually let loose in real life. So now here I am, jumping up out of bed, feeling the warm urine turning ice cold on my pajamas, and a big ole steamy stain right on my brand-new mattress.
I know, I'm disgusting, I'm vile. Some would even say a sinner. I pissed the bed.
I have never been a bedwetter. Who the hell wets the bed at 26 years old? I had never in my life woken from my sleep to find myself pissing all over the place. There had to be an explanation for why I did what I did.
I took my case to dream books. I wanted to find out what dreaming about peeing meant. Answers were provided (it turns out that dreaming that you are peeing is a sign that relief from a difficult situation may happen soon), yet no book had the answer to why I dreamt I was peeing and then actually pissed.
The only logical answer I could come up with is that my body knew I had to go, thus the dream. I did have to go, but unfortunately, I didn't wake up in time to actually go. The dream of seeing the toilet and relieving myself started the urination process.
It turns out this is a fairly common occurrence, one that happens to many people worldwide, old and young. It's so common that psychologists have a name for it: a "false awakening."
In a false awakening, your dream of waking up is so vivid and realistic that you completely believe it, and then you behave as if you were awake, but you're really still lying there asleep in bed. In a false awakening, dreamers often dream they are doing the regular things they need to do like getting up, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and having breakfast. And, of course, peeing.
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It's like your body has two needs—to empty your bladder and to get enough sleep—and instead of sacrificing one (sleep) for the other (pee), it tries to take a shortcut: pee AND sleep. It's like your brain's lazy way of fooling itself into believing it can have it all.
Though it might seem like your dream made you pee, it's likely the other way around that your brain received the signal that you needed to go, and then that stimulus provided the inspiration for your dream.
What to Do Now
If this has happened to you, you should know that you are not alone. Many people go through this experience without it becoming a recurring problem.
If it only happens once and does not occur again, don't worry about it. It was a one-time thing, and there are thousands of other people who have experienced the same thing.
What Happens If It Doesn't Stop?
Bedwetting, also called nocturnal enuresis, is only a problem if it's a regular occurrence. Some people have never experienced a dry period since they were kids. For others, bedwetting comes back to them after years of never having even one accident. According to the National Association for Continence, 2% of the U.S. population experiences recurring bedwetting.
If you're a teenager, it's likely that your system is just a little slow and that your body will learn to coordinate itself with time.
Causes of Bedwetting in Adults
There are two types of bedwetting:
- Persistent primary nocturnal enuresis is a condition that begins in childhood and is when someone hasn't experienced nighttime dryness for longer than six months. There is evidence to show that this kind of bedwetting is hereditary.
- Adult-onset secondary enuresis is for people who have experienced dryness but then experience a recurrence later in life.
According to Dr. Margaret Stearn, if you've just started bedwetting after a long period of being dry, some of the underlying causes could be:
- A urinary tract infection, which can make it difficult for the bladder to hold urine
- Alcohol, coffee or diuretic medicines, which all cause the production of more urine and can irritate the bladder
- Sleeping tablets - Sometimes, these cause sleep so deep the body doesn't wake up when it recognizes that it needs to go
- Diabetes - Lots of urine can be a symptom of diabetes. If the diabetes is treated, this problem goes away
- Stress and anxiety
- Some medications
- An underlying medical condition, like a prostate problem in men or pelvic organ prolapse in women
- Urinary tract stones
- A neurological disorder
- An anatomical abnormality
- Prostate cancer
- Prostate enlargement
- Bladder cancer
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- A spinal cord injury
What Can You Do to Diminish or Stop Adult Bedwetting
First of all, do not blame yourself for wetting the bed—it is completely involuntary and cannot be controlled. There is no reason to feel guilty or dirty for having this problem. There are some tactics that may help you solve the problem without seeking medical help:
- Try changing your diet. Cut down on alcohol and coffee as well as acidic foods and the other foods seen in this list of common bladder irritants from the National Association for Incontinence.
- Don't take diuretic medicines at night.
- Limit the fluids you drink in the late afternoon and in the evening, but do not dehydrate yourself. This can actually irritate your bladder more, causing the opposite effect that you want.
- Try to reduce your stress levels. Change your living or work situation, take a vacation, or learn stress-management techniques.
- Try using an alarm clock to wake you up a couple of hours after you go to bed and a couple of hours before you wake up. Vary the time every few days, so your bladder doesn't get into a specific pattern.
- You could try sleeping in a different bed or moving your bed.
- Exercise - Find a program that will help build muscle, endurance, and flexibility. Some combination of weight training (including training with your body weight), cardiovascular training (like running), and a stretching regimen might help you improve control.
- Strengthen your pelvic floor by doing Kegels, which are exercises that can help you improve bladder and bowel function.
- Lose weight. Being overweight increases your risk of incontinence, especially for women. Trying a diet that is low in refined carbohydrates and sugar and eliminates caloric drinks is a good place to start.
- Go to the bathroom before you go to bed at night. Wait five minutes and do it again. Pee as soon as you get up.
- Though not clinically proven to be effective, it's possible you could teach yourself to recognize that you're dreaming through lucid dreaming techniques.
You Should Get Help If
This is an ongoing problem. Though millions of people suffer from bedwetting, only 1 in 12 seek help for it. You don't have to be one of those 11 people suffering alone. There are ways that you can manage or even stop bedwetting.
Before you go to the doctor, keep a diary for 2-3 weeks to keep track of your voiding habits. The National Association for Incontinence has a downloadable template with the kind of information you should be monitoring. You should also be sure to note the number of wet vs. dry nights, your quality of sleep, your emotional state, and any other symptoms you're having, like night sweats.
When you do see a doctor, make sure you're direct and tell them that you have a bedwetting issue. Break through the embarrassment! Otherwise, you won't be able to get the help that might make your situation better.
When You See the Doctor
Your doctor will check for a number of things. They'll do a physical exam, a neurological exam, and a urine test to see if any of those provide clues as to the underlying reason for the bedwetting.
After this, they may help you find a product solution, recommend a behavioral change, or, depending on the situation, prescribe medication that might help.
In the meantime, while you figure out what's going on, you should manage the bedwetting as you need with the appropriate products like waterproof sheets, a waterproof duvet cover, briefs to wear at night, etc.
People who use these products say they're much better than cleaning the sheets and clothes. If you're embarrassed by the prospect of purchasing them, you can always do it online.
Some people, for whatever reason, find that nothing works and that bedwetting is an ongoing part of their life. This doesn't have to be the end of the world. Like one person says:
"I refuse to let it bother me. I wear glasses because my eyes don't work very well: some people have hearing aids - some need pacemakers or other devices or medications to help things that go wrong with the body. I wear nappies because my bladder doesn't work properly, and because none of the medications I have tried have ever worked. It's just one of those things as far as I am concerned and I no longer let it worry me. My wife prefers me to wear a nappy to save the sheets and so that I don't wee all over her. So I wet myself while I am asleep - yeah, so what? It's no big deal. And even if I do start wetting myself during the day too, then I will wear nappies 24/7 if necessary."
Remember that this is not who you are—this is simply a problem you have.
Has anyone else ever dreamt of going to the bathroom and then actually wet the bed? Join the comments below!
- "Bedwetting." (no date). National Association for Incontinence. Retrieved Feb. 27, 2017.
- Stearn, Dr. Margaret. "Bedwetting in Teenagers and Adults: Causes." Dec. 30, 2011. embarrassingproblems.com. Retrieved Feb. 27, 2017.
- Mapes, Diane. "Bed-wetting blues: Millions of adults suffer, too." Feb. 18, 2009. nbcnews.com. Retrieved Feb. 27, 2017.
- Castle, Eric P. MD. "Urinary Incontinence." Nov. 18, 2014. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved Feb. 27, 2017.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Joe on November 13, 2019:
I had issues peeing the bed up until sophomore year in high school. I wouldn’t feel a thing and I would wake up soaked. As an adult I still wet the bed sometimes. This is different from when I was younger. When I was younger I didn’t remember any dreams. I would just wake up wet and had no idea what happened. As an adult I dream about peeing. It literally works it’s way into my dreams no matter what I’m dreaming about, and go pee somewhere. Now it’s not the first dream where I pee. There are a series of dreams of me peeing in different places through out the dream Im having. In these dreams the pee stream seems like it lasts forever. I never wake up until I start to pee for real. I stop myself, but not I wake up until I feel enough wetness. I hate it.
Jc on July 05, 2019:
Hi i am a bedwetting too sometimes if I'm so stress this is what happened to me i dream that i was peeing but this is already a real i thought it was a dream only and i can't control myself and only i realized that im wet on my bed already..its disgusting to myself and i hate myself if everytime my situation is like this im a bedwetting!..i need help for myself how to avoid this situation..im already upset and shame to myself and specially my husband didn't know about my problem for my self that im bed wetting i hide it to him for 5years since he work at night so he didn't know about this.
Anontoo on May 26, 2019:
I'm like Sheri and Asleigh, I have trained my mind to test whether I am dreaming by shaking my head hard and fast, and I usually pee in the dream, dreaming I'm using the toilet, but immediately have to pee again. The first pee is just a dream, the second pee will be peeing in the bed if I fall for the trick. Since you can't pee twice in a row in real life, I've taught my mind to try to wake up if I ever have to pee after I've just peed. The tricky part is since it rarely ever happens, when it does, you're not expecting it.
This time in the dream, there were people standing around me at the toilet. They told me to pee, and I said "no," but the pee came out anyway into the toilet. Immediately, I had to pee again, and thought "why do I have to still pee if I just peed?" I didn't think I was dreaming, but my protocol is to test it anyway, so I shook my head real quick. That woke me up and I found myself laying in bed alone. It was so weird to go from standing in front of the toilet to laying in bed alone in the blink of an eye, but it worked perfectly! I had not peed on myself at all. If I didn't follow protocol and check, then I would have had an accident. I can't believe those people in my dream tried to make me do that, even though I told them "no." I got up and went to the bathroom. It was a tough play, but I won that round.
Serena on March 10, 2019:
It has happenned 3 times already. I dream that I pee in a toilet. Then pee in real life. The matress is fully soaked. First time: 15 years old. 2nd time: 21
3rd time: 1 month later. Im so
JoDav on August 23, 2018:
I'm with Anon on this, in my dreams there is something not right; toilet on a picknik table in the park, very small, etc..but I think I'm just so tired, I don't wake up right away. I'm 52 and it's happened a handful of times over the last year. After reading this article, I've decided it's probably stress/worry and just being too tired some nights to wake up. I feel better knowing I'm not alone and thankfully my husband has been very understanding; your just getting older babe, lol. I will look into some ways to correct this or on nights I'm exhausted, I may wear some pee panties!
Anon on August 03, 2018:
43, and had this happen a handful (or two) of times. The dreams, that come with every occurrence, seem to become increasingly convincing i.e. there’s always something not quite right, like a toilet being dirty, in the middle of nowhere, water running down the walls...basically somewhere I would not normally want to pee. Brain is definitely trying to tell me not to do it but the full bladder impulse clearly seems to be stronger. It only ever happens when I’m especially fatigued, through lack of sleep over several days, highly stressed, or if I’ve overloaded on sugary foods (which is why I have virtually stopped doing that). There is diabetes in my family so it’s for the best. The most recent time I had nocturnal wetting incident was after I’d eaten a whole bag of sweets whilst driving a long distance late at night...knowing what I know about going over the top with sugar, I only have myself to blame for that one!
It’s a horrible thing to have to deal with, and I have deep sympathy for all of you go through this from time to time (or more regularly!). Ultimately though, it’s not the end of the world! If you recognise things that are similar around your incidents, try to make little changes to your habits. Keep smiling whatever you do. x
M on July 30, 2018:
Ive been working away from home for a year now and this has never happened before. I go to the gym and do cardio exercises and have a quiet good diet. I the same as others find myself in my dream all happy feeling the need to urine and surprisingly find a toilet to then feel a warm sensation which wakes me up. Yep ive wet my bed, im 33yrs old. It comes and goes and isn't a consistent occurrence. Im putting it down to stress, work and family life. May god help me find a cure and I pray you all find a way past this annoyance.
thoko on July 20, 2018:
I actually have the problem of bedwetting with 39yrs , i tried to be strong and visit the clinic last month but they just gave me a n antibiotic so i even lose the hope cause i rejected marriages because of this problem and i pray to God to help me because i want my self alone and not visit to my relatives PLEASE HELP!
Sheri on July 17, 2018:
Recurring a few times a week in my early 40s. In my twenties it would occur 1 time every few years. But lately happening often.
In my dream I am able to find a toilet and relieve myself only to find that I am dreaming and not actually on a toilet. I have begun to test myself when going to the bathroom to try and identify dream pees before I’ve wet the bed. The most effective has been to ensure I actually hear myself peeing in the toilet. There is the tinkling sound of urine hitting the toilet and I have trained my brain to question anytime I pee and do not hear that sound and instruct myself to wake up. I shout at myself to “wake up” in my dream and force myself to move my toes and arms until I can feel myself waking up.
Omotola dickson on June 30, 2018:
Thanks a lot for this information. I was asleep last night and I was in this dreamwhere I was trying to talk to a lady.suddenly I felt the urge to urinate so I did it by the road side while no one was watching. I call it African style.I was so relieved nonetheless I felt some of the urine was dripping down on me but I didn't know why because I could see I'm only peeing on the road side.suddenly I woke up from this dream and I found out that I was drenched in my own pee.it was so embarrassing because my friend was on the same bed with me. I was thinking it had to be a spiritual attack from an African perspective but thank God for this info.it is very helpful and relieving.
Chris on June 30, 2018:
I am glad I had to read this and I feel better now. Last night, I went to the toilet and peed only to realize that happened in my sleep. I eventually woke up to the wetness on my body and quickly went to the bathroom. It was just a little pee on the bed though. I went online and started researching. The reasons, I think that happened was because of stress, tiredness and I had to eat drink iced juice 1 hour before going to bed. That was a wrong combination. I actually passed out. In such case, I was supposed to pee before going to bed. Thanks for the information.
Username on June 08, 2018:
I stayed up late last night and admit that I've held in my pee because I was too tired and thought I could still hold it in. Hence, I dreamt that I finally went to the restroom, feeling all relieved and comfy/warm, only to wake to a cold feeling of liquid on my bed and realize what was happening. I'm a teenager but I don't suppose that it's something to worry about, especially since it doesn't occur oftenly.
Ashleigh on March 24, 2018:
Oh, my goodness!
I'm so glad to know I'm not alone.
I'm 24 and this just happened to me like 10 minutes ago... I was in a really stressful dream and in the dream I had just gone pee and realized that I had to pee again. While I was peeing for the second time (in the dream) I woke up actually peeing... so embarrassing!
Lina on March 05, 2018:
I dream that i had to pee so bad that it makes me wake up to go to the bathroom. But other times i dream that i actually peeing but i wake up. But i pee a little on my underwear but not on the mattress.I dont know why
Christina on January 04, 2018:
Just had a dream where I was taking a nice, warm bath, but then had the need to pee. So I got up out of the bath, went to the toilet, and started to go. I felt some resistance and pain, and was afraid I had another kidney stone, but then suddenly woke up as I was going.
It's happened a few times, but this time I went enough to actually wet the bed. Luckily I use a waterproof cover under my sheets so I don't mess up my mattress, but it's still very frustrating and annoying. I can relate to the part of the article that talks about the brain deciding to pee AND sleep, as I'm normally a very efficient person, but wetting the bed is counterproductive, so it's more a problem than a solution.
I've always been intrigued by lucid dreaming but never experienced it. Maybe this is a good excuse to start working on it so I can wake myself up when a bathroom dream starts up.
JonBoy on December 27, 2017:
This happened to me last night. I was dreaming of peeing and then I woke up only to discover I had started to pee in bed. I have had this happen before where I wake up just as I start to pee but last night I peed quite a bit. It doesn't happen often. It happened last night and probably the last time was several years ago (when I just started to pee and immediately woke up). So, I am not thinking this is some major issue.
Lebohang Mokoena on November 03, 2017:
It happened last night am so embarrassed please help am 32 years, it happens to me most of the times
Luvbaek on October 28, 2017:
Just happened to me but good thing I woke up even before I wet my bed, I'm sure because before I went to sleep I really wanted to pee but I ignored it because I was too lazy and I end up sleeping..it felt good in my dream but the reality suck
N/a on October 15, 2017:
Im 34 I have dreams of going to the bathroom at least 4 times a year. My body be feeling so numb that I cant even wake myself up. Its so embarrassing that I have to try to hide it from my own kids. I will be seeing my doctor soon. To find out whats going on.
Littlelady on October 11, 2017:
Im 28... I’m a dreamer!!! A new first time mom of 17 months. I remember bedwetting when I was in elementary and the next thing happened again this year it happens 2-3 times now.
I kept dreaming about going to the bathroom to pee and waking up that i actually peed in our bed. I’m so embarrassed that I can’t even open this up with my husband. I think i am a little stressed and sleeping late always.
Some dreams are like real, i even see myself doing my regular routine of waking up taking shower eat brushing teeth and go to work but in real life i’m still in bed.
Im having hard time adjusting with everything and the time changes and being a mom and no family nearby.
The first time I had accidents in bed was when I had a body massage that evening i was in a deep sleep and felt the cold wet and jumped off the bed, too late i already peed all of it. It scares me that it might be hereditary. Just hoping it’s only happening when i’m stressed because i really felt embarrased.
Not important on August 12, 2017:
Just happened. Let about two pumps of piss out before I woke up. I was dreaming that I was peeing in to a toilet. But then I felt something wet on my side so I immediately woke up and had a small wet spot about a foot wide under me. I ended up going to the bathroom and peed some more. This was the first time something like this has happened to me so I'm not to worried. The fact that I actually woke up from it and had to pee MORE makes me think I just really had to go.
ashu on August 07, 2017:
Dreamt that i was peeing in toilet. As i peed I felt wetness in my clothing. and the dream further manipulated itself..to make me understand that i have not positioned myself right thats why i was wetting my cloth. i adjusted my position in dream and the feeling of wetting myself kept growing as i repositioned my directions. till the activity got completed. shortly i woke up and realized that i was lying in my own urine. So very embarrassing.. It has happened earlier also.. may be once a year .. sometimes i woke during the activity..but not this time. I had slept very late in the night as I was watching TV. I also had a couple of drinks but it was in the evening , 6 hours before i slept.
30 going on 3 on August 02, 2017:
I just woke up like 10 mins ago from peeing the bed. I've done it a few times in the past year or 2 maybe. Not really frequent or routine though, which makes me think it's probably not a severe medical issue. Like the rest of you, I'm always dreaming that I'm peeing (and it's always somewhere I should be peeing aka the toilet) but then I suddenly wake up and psyche!...you were only dreaming and you just peed in bed. I never pee a lot. I think I initially begin to pee and I immediately recognise it doesn't feel right and I wake up and can stop myself so I never make a bad mess. Just get my underwear a little wet and a tiny bit on the sheets but nothing major. I'm glad it's kind of common though. If I was a teenager I would probably be embarrassed, I could careless now personally....im just more concerned healthwise as an adult. Common factors I have...
I consume lots of caffeine all day.
Some considerable stress recently although not so much today.
I do have clinical depression and take medicine for it so that could be involved.
I've been laid off work (just for the summer) so I haven't had to sleep with much regularity. I sleep a bunch at night and sometimes still take a nap during the day when my 2 year old daughter does.
I'm not actually embarrassed. I always tell my wife because I find it peculiar in a funny way more than anything. And it's so infrequent and minor that I'm not alarmed but definitely felt the need to research for any potential health problems. Luckily it sounds like it might not be a huge deal and there's plenty of us it happens to.
Just take off your wet clothes. Take the sheets off. Wash em tomorrow. Life goes on.
Carly on July 31, 2017:
Two nights now I have dreamt of walking from room to room looking for somewhere to pee , then at last I find a place and relief then panic I've pee in the bed . I am 63 this has happened about 5 times in my life but not two nights following , feeling very sad , is this now my life?
Everyone on July 22, 2017:
This happened to me just now but it was rather confusing I was sleeping and all of a sudden o was awake then I started to pee myself... i then actually woke up and found that I had wet the bed
(I have never Benin a bed wetter)
ALEXBW on July 16, 2017:
This has happened to me about six times over the years. I wasn't a bed wetter but the dreams were so good and made me feel so relaxed that even when I woke at the point of peeing, I couldn't stop myself. In situations like this, I'm lucky, I guess, I live alone and although inconvenient, it's never been embarrassing
Nobody on July 04, 2017:
I am 17 and I it just happened to me. I feel so embarrassed because we are at my grandparents house.
For the record I never was a bedwetter.
In my dream I felt so good (my muscles were so relaxed) and warm, then suddenly wett. Even in my dream I realized what happened.
DeepSigh on June 30, 2017:
Oh my goodness..this just happened to me for the first time ever @41 years old at 7:02 this morning. Very embarrassing and I pray it doesn't happen again. I want to forget this very soon!
Nedean on June 29, 2017:
Omg just happened for the first time. Very disconcerting
Douglas on June 23, 2017:
I was a bedwetter growing up. I started staying dry around age 14. I had a few accidents here and there over the next 20 years. Now I wet almost nightly and there's nothing I can do to stop it. I ruined mattresses. I have peed all over my wife. At her suggestion, I began wearing a diaper to bed every night. Now I am able to sleep soundly and without fear.
pd on June 01, 2017:
I have the dream often enough to find I might do the pee once every 6 months. I have been making myself aware when I am at the real toilet to recognise the event as not a dream. Last night I had the dream and started a flow, but very quickly I said in the dream is this a real toilet. I stopped immediately and I woke up. The dream inevitably always occurs a bit before the time I might normally wake up.
Me on May 24, 2017:
I think my experience is stress related. Been short staffed for the past few days and extremely tired. Then I had a dream I was peeing in a car (!) and I woke up to a puddle. It's the first time it has happened to be and I am 40!
Mohamed on May 17, 2017:
It happens to me all the time. I never wet the bed without dreaming that I'm in a bathroom. I'm never sure anymore if I'm dreaming or not whenever I'm in a bathroom. One day I dreamt of going to the bathroom before sleep to prevent it from happening! It's a nightmare and has been going on for more than 21 years. I've tried behavioral changes, meds, exercise, everything, and it still happens regularly.
Persimon on May 15, 2017:
It happened to me about 4:30 this morning. This has actually happened maybe about 4 times before. The space in between occurrence is a few years in between. This started when I was about 44 and I am not 58.
It always starts with a dream that I am with some people but them I have to go to have a wee in the toilet. I actually see myself opening the toilet door and sitting in the toilet. Then while I sit and pee, it does not seem right and seems like I am in bed. The I wake up in the middle of peeing and my bed and pajamas will be wet.
tortilla on May 14, 2017:
So this happened to me just tbis morning but its not exactly recurrent. I have had it happen to me 3 or 4 times in my life and its always the same scenario where i have to pee really bad and then go in real life. The first time i was 6, the second was 8 the third was 12 and the last was now at 16. I feel as if the last two were different than the first two because i was extremly physically exhausted before going to bed and the last one i was also emotionally exhausted. I also noticed on the last one that i wet the bed alot but i also still had to pee quite a bit once i went to the restroom. I guess the last one my body amd my blader were too exhasted/full to go through the trouble od waking me up.
Daisy on May 02, 2017:
I did this last week. I am so embarrassed about it. I think it was because i was really tired and just didnt wake up in time. When i did wake up i was soaked, so was the matress. It was early in the morning so i managed to not let my BF see. I cant get rid of the stain on the matress now & i desperatley dont want the BF to see. Im sure hed be fine but im mortified about it.
Sangeeta on April 12, 2017:
This problem began around three years ago, and has recurred, although quite infrequently - maybe once in 3-4 months. I have a very vivid dream which usually involves me searching for a bathroom in some unfamiliar city/town/house, finally finding one and sitting down on the toilet sea with tremendous relief! A couple of times I've managed to wake up just in time to rush to the bathroom, but at other times, I wake up with a jolt to realise that it's actually happening right there in bed! It's horribly embarrassing and results in my running around in the middle of the night, changing bed-sheets and then to concoct a likely story to explain the accident. I'm relieved to learn that I'm not alone, but that doesn't make it any less embarrassing when it happens!
Someone on March 22, 2017:
That's happened to me. I was wandering the woods in my dream when I heard a voice call out release and I started to pee. I woke up to a mess.
me on March 04, 2017:
I just awoke to a wet bed. I had a dream I was in a cold pool I told one of my friends I was going to where the light was that it was warmer there. In my dream I started to urinate in the pool????? I could feel the warmth...and I woke up to a wet bed.
SaDiE on March 04, 2017:
It's always been my problem, and sometimes (as I got older)I have vivid dreams of peeing somewhere odd, then awake up with a damp diaper. Not often. But it happens.
Such a pain needing protection everywhere I go.
Jimbob on March 01, 2017:
My ex-wife had this problem from time to time but it was never an issue - we just laughed it off (was that a map of China last night dear?) Get a matress protector, have a shower in the morning, sheets in the laundry (even just rinse cycle if you're in a hurry) put out to dry, no worries. Above all, don't be stressed about it, it doesn't make you any less of a real man or woman - enjoy your life and be happy!
Alyssa on March 01, 2017:
I'm 29 years old and I've always had this dream even when I was a teenager, but there was one time I caught myself before I could attempt to urinate on myself. I call it the "toilet dream" because while I'm still asleep, I'm thinking that I'm sitting on the toilet doing my business, but in reality I am in bed peeing!
Me on February 27, 2017:
Im 46 and did that last night. It's happened maybe 5 times in my life. I read that the dream is your head telling you "wake up, you have to pee." I also read that it happens when in a deep sleep. So don't stress, you're not alone, and you'll probably have it happen just a few times in your life.
Erica on February 26, 2017:
I did this today lorry.. my dream was so real told my brother hurry get out the bathroom I got to pee..finally he did I went to the toilet in my dream peed and woke up saying OMG I JUST PEED IN MY BED
Jen on February 20, 2017:
Aww this just happened to me
kenny on February 19, 2017:
Everytime you pee. Make it sure its not a dream. Ot works for me. But everytime you dream you just let it go and feel the relief maybe you pee already too much, on bed, not in the cr.
Jack on February 16, 2017:
Use nappies to deal with my wettings but peed so much last night my nappy leaked
23 and a chronic bed wetting nappy wearer is so embarrassing : (
Daksh on February 14, 2017:
I am 24 and i wet my bed before 4 hours ago, That's why i searched on net. 15/2/2017
but i found out some reasons why this happens and SOLUTION.
1. THINKING ABOUT PEEING IN DAYTIME AND BEFORE SLEEPING - The science of dream is whatever you think the most comes in your dream. So don't think about urine all the day and before sleep.
2. SLEEPING WITHOUT PEEING EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO PEE - some people really don't like to pee because of UTI(the more you pee the more you smell foul). So pee before bed and stay hygienic.
3. HARD SLEEP/ TOO DEEP SLEEP - The people who have soft sleep they will awake from sleep even if you switch on the light of their room or from a little sound. So maybe that your body want to pee but your nervous system can't find the way to wake you up or it's too late. My father is 58. He goes to pee 5-7 times during night. His sleep is light.
4. ILLNESS, BLADDER PROBLEM, KIDNEY PROBLEM - In that case i prefer you please go to the doctor.
5. FEAR AND STRESS. Your path you go. There is not any kind of medicine to get rid of fear or stress. You have to train your mind and that only you can do. Being happy, watching good movies, listening music and reading good books can help you.
1. See now, if you wet the bed first time after 15 years of age and you haven't thought about urine all the last day and you peed before you sleep then RELAX. DON'T PANIC. Over 40 years of age 74% men and women accepted that they wet their bed once or two times after 15 years of their age. IT IS A BODY MISTAKE. Nobody is 100% perfect in this world. everybody makes mistakes. But DON'T REPEAT MISTAKES.(why 15 years - because after 15 years we have more control of our body)
2. To the people who have UTI and other infections. You have to drink ENOUGH WATER. You have not any option, the medicine of doctor won't work without water. To all the people staying hydrated is a very good thing. Your body wants liquid, base of water, juice.
3. If you wet your bed often or every month or every week. Then forget everything and go to the doctor and know what is your body trying to say you.
4. Home remedies are good but i don't know so you can search on youtube.
5. Wetting bed is not a good thing. It is reflecting your way of life. Change your lifestyle. YOGA EXERCISES are the best but first you have to find where the problem is.
5. The 1 and only ultimate solution for bed wetting is MEDITATION. Not just bed wetting, Meditation is the cure for any problem any illness of your life.
(MEDITATION IS ALL ABOUT BREATHING).
STAY HEALTHY. GOOD BUY.
Kate on February 14, 2017:
I'm 21. And this happened last night
Ben on February 13, 2017:
Happened to me exactly this morning haha. Dreamt that there were some friends at my house and I went into this strange looking bathroom - filled with wardrobes for some reason, i dreamt that i squeezed my way past and suddenly felt a weird vibe of relief.. Woke up a few seconds later and I was peeing haha!! I'm 19 and I've never wet the bed since I was a lil baby!
Joe on February 12, 2017:
This actually happened to me last night im 22 all Ii little worried about it! I actually woke up still peeing
Philip on February 11, 2017:
An unregulated sleeping schedule is what seems to make these dream-based-relief occurrences more regular for me. Though I rarely ever actually wake up and find that I have urinated, there are times when maybe once or twice a week I'll have vivid dreams about needing to pee, finding a toilet, or a corner, or a bin or who really knows what and letting loose. But there is never a relief in my dream no matter how long I urinate for. Then about 30 seconds in I'll wake up quite desperate to use the toilet. The two or three times that I have actually "wet the bed" in my adult life, it's been during a period of high stress either trying to balance a toxic long-distance relationship with University or struggling with financial issues and work.
Greg on January 30, 2017:
I am 20 years old and this happened to me lastnight. Im my dreak i was out somewhere and I had to pee, so I went to the bathroom and did my stuff but part of me was thinking "something isn't right" as soon as I finished peeing in the dream I woke up soaked, I was so embarised, so naturally I told everyond my cat did it and it went by no questions asked, but still...I was releaved when I read I am not the only one this has happened to.
Charles on January 29, 2017:
When I was in 10th grade i dreamed that I was peeing off a cliff and immediately woke up to myself pissing in my bed.
Liz on January 29, 2017:
I'm 32 and I've never wet the bed in my life until about ten minutes ago. I had a dream that I was talking to my brother and then announced that I had to go really bad. He laughed and I rushed off to do my business. I dropped my pants just in time and then next thing I know I'm waking up in the act of pissing in my bed. I hopped out of bed still in the act of my awful desecration and rushed to my bathroom as if there were any hope of undoing it somehow. Hell of a mess. I hate you, stupid fake dream toilet and your porcelain lies.
Lola on January 27, 2017:
It happened to me 1 time that I was 13, the thing is that was at a sleepover at my friends!
Anon on January 25, 2017:
Happened to me twice during basic which as many would know it's an incredibly stressful/sleep deprived environment
So I got up and went to the latrine only thing is I never climbed down my rack I was just in there so BAM red flag that I overlooked but I just woke up soaked, lucked out though next day was linen day
cassy on January 25, 2017:
So basically what happened to me is it felt like I was really going pee but when I woke up I was fine. no wet bed and I didnt have to pee! Im only 16 and this has happened 2 times before someone tell me whats going on please because its kinda freaking me out.
Anna on January 25, 2017:
I did this twice in one week so embarrassing. Can anybody tell me why this happened ? @firstname.lastname@example.org
Bdh on January 23, 2017:
I've had this problem since the 80's. The first time I was maybe 25 and in bed with my then boyfriend (who I later married). Talk about embarrassing! It happens maybe a few times a year now. Just a week ago I had the dream and started to pee but I realized I was dreaming, jumped up and ran to the bathroom.
Oya on January 22, 2017:
I was having an adventurous with romance and the things I lack in life. And then I dreamt I was talking to my love interest and a huge damn broke between my legs. I woke up urinating. It was so much and it would not stop. When I went to the bathroom, I urinated for about 30 seconds more and my lower right will not stop hurting.
The guy on January 21, 2017:
I don't think I fully relieve myself, I just do it until I notice. I'm just curious what causes it.
Simba on January 21, 2017:
@bed wetter have you been to the doctor to see what the cause of your bed wetting is,
Sometimes they can help you stop sometimes not, but if you wet frequently I would seek professional advice because it could be due to other underlying health issues such as diabetes or other things that could worsen if left untreated,
Good luck, hope you can stop your wetting,
I myself am night time incontinent and have been for about 5 years, and starting to lose control of my bladder during the day too,
If you are unable to stop wetting I would advise you to use the diapers for bed, I know it can be embarrassing, but trust me you get used to it, they are just another form of under garments at the end of the day, it's just the stigma that they are for babies,
Once you get over that you're golden,
I actually enjoy wearing now they are comfy, and don't wake up wet and smelly, and sheets and mattress don't get ruined,
Bed wetter on January 20, 2017:
Once again I was Dreaming I was at work and getting ready to go to the bathroom but there was someone in the stall I checked the next one and someone was in that one too I had to go really bad there was no buddy in the next one I remember starting to go it was the best thing ever I peed and peed and that was it .. when I woke up this morning I was soaked with piss once again I thought what was going on with this i am 40 my life is going to be covered in pee my whole life i wish it would stop I started to buy diapers but don't wear them because I am embarrassed and then it happens the Dream so what should I do have yellow sheets or just face it I am a bed wetter for life I am tired of being like this please give me some advice for stopping this problem I have everynight
vishu on January 19, 2017:
I was dreaming dat i was in a toilet a releasing urine but suddenly i realised something wet inside and i woked up fast but it was too late.i feel so embarassed. It may create problem in my marriage life too. I am so scared.
Dev on January 12, 2017:
Smh this happened to me like 2 times know
Chell on January 07, 2017:
OMG well this has happened to me more then 4 times I can say, I am gkad to know im not alone and that there is an answer.I have tracked my pee pattern HaHaHa
and if im really stressed! upset! or I over worked my self I will PEE the bed. So on a funny not my last dream was a whole......... Row......... of colorful toilets what coler do I want hummmm....... and sat down on the prettiest coler and YEP..... pee pee the bed im trying to not lay down before I de stress and empty my bladder... thank god for puppy pads hahaha
Isaiah newman on January 07, 2017:
I'm 16 and it happened a little tiny bit last night, I thought nothing of it. Just a drip. But I just woke up, from peeing in my dream, because I felt my bed soaked. I felt myself peeing instantly. What is this? Someone help. Email me @email@example.com
Vio on January 07, 2017:
It happened to me just this morning. First time in sience i was a baby. I am 30 now. I just had this vivid dream about going to the toilet and pee. I am so embarrassed because of this. I started to do some research about this and i foud out that there is a condition called nocturnal enuresis and there is a cure for it. Those that wet the bed every night or so may suffer from this. On the other hand, if this happened only once, it could be from stress or anxiety, but it may be a sign of kidney or blatter infection as well. Anyway, if this happens a second time, i would recommend going to a doctor and check it out to avoid any later problems that could occur. I will certainly go and do some checks. I hope i can go over my embarrassment. It is so hard to explain to others what just happened. I am scared.
Sean on January 06, 2017:
Yeah I've never not been in nappies for bed and is just a part of life for me now, just turned 20 and could probably count all dry nights I have had on one hand,
So was in pampers like any other baby till I was a toddler then it was pull ups training pants, then dry nights small size, then the big size, now I'm adult nappies,
So looks like I'm a wearer for life,
I have heard of bed wetters that have suddenly stopped in their thirties and older, so here's hoping but not gonna hold my breath,
Thank God for nappies
Bed wetter on January 05, 2017:
It is a very imberising problem to deal with I fianally started to buy diapers to deal with the wet and yellow sheets everyday i wish it would go away but it never probably will I'm glad I found this page at least I am not the only person who has these dreams once you get used to the diapers it really helps a lot it's just like wearing underwear and really nice to wake up with dry sheets mabey one day the Dream will stop but until then thank god for diapers and vasoline I'm 40 year old male married with 2 dry boys my wife knows but I really don't like to talk about it with her she knows how embarrassing it is for me and doesn't tease me after reading these posts maybe I will feel more comfortable talking to her about my problem sucks buying diapers in the store maybe she will do it for me o well I'm sure happy to have found this great page
Bed wetter on January 05, 2017:
I have to had the same problem I have peed in the bed when I thought I was in the bathroom I peed I the dresser droor but mostly in the bed as long as i can remember
Eddie on January 04, 2017:
@ Joe schmoe, I'm glad to hear you very seldomly wee your bed
And wish I could say it was as much of a rarity that I have accidents, but unfortunately it is not the case,
I'm 34 and was never really a bedwetter in my youth I was dry at night by around four, bar a few occasional incidents,
But at around my early to mid twenties I started having accidents and waking up to wet sheets every few weeks or so, usually accompanied by a pee dream, It got more and more often
I would wet,
I now wet more or less every night
Doctors haven't been able to diagnose why I wet yet,
There are probably the majority like you say that will only have a few actual accidents, but I know there is still a surprisingly high number of people that will pee their beds often
And I'd just like to say to the people in my situation don't be ashamed to use diapers to deal with it.
I got fed up of waking up cold and wet every morning and having to wash the sheets so started using diapers and have never looked back,
They are really convenient, comfy and at the end of the day are just another form of undergarments,
And trust me it's less embarrassing being in a diapers than having smelly yellow stained sheets and bed
Joe Schmoe on January 04, 2017:
So I've had the dream where you REALLY have to go to the bathroom and you pee in your dream, though I have been lucky to almost always be able to actually wake up before wetting the bed. This happens all the time to me. I know I shouldn't, but I usually drink a bunch of liquids before bed just because I'm thirsty, and therefore I have to wake up to urinate at some point during the night.
The only time I have the dream though, is when I REALLY have to go. Like when holding it in gets painful. To others who are young, have the same problem and are worried about it happening again.... don't. I've only wet the bed once or twice in a cou