The study noted that urinary issues, including frequent urination, nocturnal urinary urgency, stress incontinence, and urge incontinence, are very common among women at the time of menopause and in the years following.

While no causal relationships between weight, sleep, or reaction time were identified, the researchers said that their relationship to storage lower urinary tract symptoms is worth a closer look. “Careful evaluation of nonrestorative sleep, body fat and visceral fat accumulation, or delayed reaction time might reveal undisclosed storage LUTS in this population,” the authors concluded.

The research involved approximately 350 Japanese perimenopausal and postmenopausal women ages 40 to 76 years old enrolled in a health and nutrition education program at the menopause clinic of the Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital. The data was obtained through completed questionnaires from each of the women.