March 13, 2014
appointed as Associate Editor to increase multidisciplinary understanding of the causes and treatments of nocturia
The joint editors of
Nocturia Resource Centre
, a freely accessible educational platform designed for healthcare professionals specialized in urology, are pleased to announce the appointment of sleep medicine expert,
Professor Donald L. Bliwise
, as Associate Editor of this online platform.
Nocturia, which is defined as the episode of waking up during the night to void urine, is a common problem which worsens with age. Sufferers of severe nocturia often wake up more than three times a night. Research suggests that over 60% of people are negatively affected by it. Nocturia is one of the most common causes for disturbed sleep.
Until now cases of severe nocturia have mostly been assessed from a urological basis, however there is a need for creating better multidisciplinary understanding of the causes and treatments of nocturia. Professor Bliwise brings 40 years of practice as neurologist with a specialty in sleep medicine and believes that a better understanding of sleep will help urologists gain more insight into the causes of nocturia.
"Most urologists recognize that sleep plays an important role in the definition of ICS [International Continence Society] nocturia, but for many, sleep becomes relegated to a single, unified state without much more interest or thought given to it. In fact, sleep researchers have spent years describing, both qualitatively and quantitatively, various aspects of sleep […] Demystifying sleep begins with breaking it down to its various dimensions," explains Professor Bliwise in his introductory Editorial for the Nocturia Resource Centre.