Sleep enuresis (bedwetting) is defined as recurrent, involuntary voiding of urine during sleep. It is diagnosed as a disorder if it occurs chronically (i.e., at least twice per week) and does not respond to conventional therapies.1
In primary sleep enuresis, the patient has never been entirely dry during the night, whereas secondary sleep enuresis is diagnosed if the patient has previously been dry for at least six months, but is currently wetting the bed.
The International Classification of Sleep Disorders (ICSD) lists Sleep Enuresis under “Other Parasomnias.”2
- Mahowald MW, “Other Parasomnias,” in Kryger M, Roth T, Dement W (ed.), Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine (5th Edition), St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders, 2011, pages 1198-1105.
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine, International Classification of Sleep Disorders (Third Edition), Darien, IL: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2014.