Involuntary wetting the bed during sleep (the medical term is enuresis) is more common in adults than you might think. It affects about one person in every hundred, mainly men. More than 100,000 teenagers in the UK wet the bed, some only occasionally, while others may never have experienced a dry night. Many feel so embarrassed that they hide it from their families and can find it a barrier to forming close relationships. It can be especially difficult when staying away from home.
Here we provide information on the causes of bedwetting in teenagers and adults, what you can do and what your doctor can do.
If you also have difficulty holding your urine during the day, look at the section on urinary incontinence.