Nonpharmacologic Therapy Ups Sleep Quality in Women With Nocturia


Both tibial nerve stimulation (TNS) and pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) can improve sleep quality in women with nocturia, according to new study findings.

In a randomized trial, 40 women with self-reported nocturia were blindly assigned to transcutaneous electrical TNS or PFMT with behavioural therapy for 30 minutes each week for 3 months. PFMT inhibits detrusor contraction, and TNS eases lower urinary tract symptoms. 

Sleep quality improved equally for both groups. 

Given that both interventions are relatively easy to perform, and that a great number of patients had positive responses, both TNS and PFMT can be considered as an alternative to improve quality of sleep of women with nocturia.


Furtado-Albanezi D, Pilon Jürgensen S, Arias Avila M, Nascimento Correia G, and Driusso P. Effects of two nonpharmacological treatments on the sleep quality of women with nocturia: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Intl Urogyn J. doi: 10.1007/s00192-018-3584-8