Below messages have been circulated on social media and internet


SUDDEN UNEXPECTED DEATH AT NIGHT - HOW TO AVOID IT. Warning to those who usually get up at midnight or early morning to urinate: You must take note of the "3 Half Minute Pauses". Why is it important? It will greatly reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death. We often hear stories that a person who looks very healthy, suddenly died at night. The reason is that when a person wakes up at night to go to the bathroom, it's often done hurriedly. Standing up too soon from a lying position causes lack of sufficient blood flow to the brain. That is why the "3 Half Minute Pauses" is very important. ECG pattern can change because of sudden change in body position affecting blood circulation to the brain eventually causing heart failure. You are advised to practice these:

  1. When waking from sleep, lie in bed for the 1st half minute;
  2. Sit in bed for the next half minute;
  3. Lower your legs while sitting on the edge of the bed for the last half minute. After that series of half minute pauses, you won't likely suffer from insufficient blood circulation to your brain, reducing the possibility ofsudden unexpected death. Thanks for your valuable time and Share this info with family, friends & loved ones. It can affect any one regardless of Age.

Message 2:

3 X 1/2 after bed is urgent to avoid sudden death

Facebook Post:

Our Analysis – Above message has been spread on internet with respect to deaths due to heart attack. It says that a person should not urinate immediately after waking up, else sudden death can grab him. Looks like a fake news.

This message informs that if a person goes to urinate immediately after waking up in night or in morning, then it can lead to heart attack and the person die due to Heart attack. The post advices for some tips which is termed as 3 X 1/2 , ie three and half minute wait should be done after waking up from bed and going to urinate.

This news also published in Speaking edition –

Although all the sites inform about the side-effects, but none of the authenticate cases have been found regarding this message.  

An expert from the below site gives his explanation as –


No I would disregard this statement medical phenomenon as to sudden death be caused by getting up at night to urinate to that ---

Frequent urination at night can be a sign of some medical conditions...

Symptom of diabetes or benign prostatic hypertrophy or a sign of sleep apnea may be associated with more often some need to get up to urinate at night ...

Getting up at night has no special need for such a gradual to that ... There is nothing magical about 3 1/2 minutes ....

The reference to sudden death most closely would be a fit to the fact that 10 percent of heart attacks may present with sudden death ( caused by a fatal arrhythmia of the heart)

We could have a discussion of heart disease/ BPH/ obstructive sleep apnea ....

Getting up at night is not associated mysteriously with sudden death as suggested by the above article ...

The above is not true at all as it is presented...

I hope that this information is helpful for you

Let me know if you have further questions or concerns I will be happy to get back with you If my answers have been helpful and to your satisfaction then please remember to leave positive feedback Thank you and Best Regards,

Anthony Bray MD

It’s difficult to tell the authenticity of this news.

 Conclusion – Looking at the way this message is being spread on internet, it looks like fake news. We have never heard of any such cases of a healthy person dying due to this reason. Any person who is already not well and suffering from many diseases, such steps could be advised, as the human body should get some time to adjust for urination process to start.

About The Author

Chetan Sharma is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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