Best Ways to Relieve UTI Pain and Urgency at Night:
1) Drink plenty of water during the night time.
Water helps flush out toxins from your body which will help prevent UTIs. You can drink up to 8 glasses of water a day.
Drinking too much water may cause you to urinate more than usual or even pass a urine stool (pee). If this happens, just wait it out until morning when you feel better again.
2) Eat foods high in potassium such as bananas, oranges, lemons, grapefruits and strawberries.
These are good for your urinary tract because they increase blood flow to the bladder. Also eat foods low in potassium such as potatoes, pasta, rice and canned soups.
They decrease blood flow to the bladder causing pain and making you pee more often than normal.
3) Avoid spicy food.
Spicy foods like chili peppers, garlic, onions and hot sauce irritate the urethra leading to frequent urination. Try eating them only on rare occasions.
4) Take a warm bath or shower before going to bed.
The heat increases blood flow to the bladder which helps relieve UTI symptoms. You can also try taking cold showers instead of baths if you have one available in your home.
5) Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil), or Naproxen (Aleve).
You can take these drugs before you go to bed. Take only the amount recommended on the package and do not take them for more than a week.
6) Wear cotton underwear and loose clothing to bed.
You can also try sleeping without underwear on.
7) You can also try sleeping on one or both knees.
Lying on your back for an extended period of time can irritate the urinary tract so it is best to avoid this position. Men may prefer to sleep in the fetal position, wrapping their legs around the back of their body.
8) Do Kegel exercises.
These can help strengthen the muscles surrounding your urethra and bladder. To do this, stop the flow of urine as you’re going to the bathroom.
Next time you urinate, try to stop or slow the stream of urine. Do not push too hard or for too long. Also do not try to hold your urine for more than a couple minutes at a time.
9) Try drinking cranberry juice.
Cranberry juice can help prevent bacteria from sticking to cells in your urinary tract. It goes without saying that you should also drink eight glasses of water a day while drinking cranberry juice.
Cranberry pills may also be effective for treating urinary tract infections.
10) Do not take antibiotics unless your doctor says it is necessary. Antibiotics can lead to more serious health problems if taken unnecessarily.
11) Try drinking blueberry juice or taking a blueberry supplement. Blueberries contain antioxidants which boost the immune system and help prevent infection.
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