This post was reviewed by our Director of Clinical Excellence and Oversight.
If you’re one of the 13 million Americans with incontinence, there’s something important you should know: The incontinence product you use during the day probably is not the one you should use during the night.
It’s very common for people to use more than one kind of product, and for good reason. Sleep means more time without changing and different body positions your daytime product may not be able to handle.
So that leads to the big question: What product is best to use during the night?
That depends on your experience and needs. Here are the most important things to consider when choosing a product for your night-time needs:
One thing to consider is how sleep will affect your ability to change products. For most people, sleeping results in longer periods of time without a product change. That means more leakage, which requires a product with more absorption.
A good place to start is by comparing your changing frequency to the number of hours you sleep. For example; if you have to change your product every 5 hours during the day, but you sleep 8 hours, then you may need a more absorbent product to cover those 3 extra hours.
Another important consideration is the position of your body while sleeping. Incontinence products work best when firmly pressed against the skin, and some positions may cause products (especially bladder control pads) to shift away from the body. This could result in unabsorbed leakage.
To determine if you may need a better-fitting product, examine the absorbency area when you wake up. If it’s dry (or mostly dry) and you’re experiencing wet clothing or sheets, then it means your product is not fitting snugly enough while you sleep. If the product is damp or wet and there is no outside leakage, you’ve found the perfect product and fit.