how to sleep with uti discomfort

How to Sleep With UTI Discomfort: Ease The Pressure

How to Sleep With UTI Discomfort: Ease The Pressure

Have you ever experienced the pain of a UTI that keeps you up all night? We feel for you but do not envy you. Not only can UTIs be extremely uncomfortable, but your lack of sleep is now affecting your regular daily function. You may feel too exhausted to think, unmotivated to complete daily tasks, discouraged from the pain, and more. A good night's rest is a vital part of what our bodies and minds need to function properly. Whether your UTI is painfully unbearable or causing you slight discomfort, you may still wonder, “How can I sleep comfortably with a UTI?” Either way, we have solutions. So let's fix this together.

There are a few simple solutions recommended by doctors to limit UTI discomfort for optimal sleep (they will be covered further in the article) such as; 

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Drink cranberry juice 
  • Avoid bladder irritants 
  • Avoid feminine hygiene products with chemicals
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes
  • Take certain medications
  • Use a heating pad 

Another necessary remedy for good sleep and relieving UTI discomfort is the use of correct sleeping positions and pillow placement. That’s where we come in. 

How To Sleep With UTI Discomfort: Sleep Position Matters

The best positions to sleep with a UTI are on your side with a pillow between your legs or on your back with a pillow under your knees. Pillow Cube has products for both scenarios. Let us tell you why you should trust us.  

Use A Knee Pillow to Sleep with UTI Discomfort

We have designed The Knee Pillow with plush, breathable, soft foam that supports your body's natural alignment. For the side sleeper, it easily fits between your legs and alleviates pressure from the hips, lower back, knees, and legs (remember, this is the best position to sleep in for UTI relief!) The form-fitting grooves for your legs are snug without being uncomfortably confining. Its breathable fabric will ensure that you don’t wake up hot and sweaty.

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The Knee Pillow provides extra comfort for your joints and will ease your UTI pain when it relieves the pressure from your lower body. If you prefer to sleep on your back, place the pillow under your knees for the same relieving effect (remember that this is the next best position to sleep in for UTI relief!). As you can see in the picture below, the Knee Pillow allows you to sleep in all kinds of positions so you can choose whatever you’re most comfortable with. 

Use a Pillow Cube to Sleep with UTI Discomfort

Not a fan of the Knee Pillow (for some weird reason unbeknownst to us)? Not a problem. We designed the Side Cube to keep the 90-degree angle of your shoulders and spine for proper back and body alignment, but it can easily fit under your knees and stay while you sleep. The firm memory foam will keep your legs elevated and give you the same pressure-relieving result as the Knee Pillow, easing your UTI discomfort. We also have a mini version of the Side Cube if you prefer something smaller or need a travel buddy. Comfort comes in all shapes and sizes with Pillow Cube!

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How to Sleep with UTI Discomfort: Additional Tips to Relieve your Pain

Drink Plenty of Water Throughout the day

Drinking water helps dilute your urine and ensures that you'll urinate more frequently. This will allow bacteria (the cause of UTIs)  to be flushed from your urinary tract to quicken the healing process. But make sure to steer clear of drinking too much in the 2 hours before you go to bed! If you keep waking up throughout the night to pee, it will make it harder to fall back asleep.

Drink Cranberry Juice

Some small studies and anecdotal evidence revealed that cranberry juice can make it difficult for bacteria to stick to the lining of the urinary tract. This traditional folk remedy is not a guaranteed fix in every case, but could be an easy and effective treatment for relieving your pain. 

Steer Clear of Bladder Irritants

Some foods and drinks can trigger bladder inflammation, limit blood flow to the bladder, and worsen your UTI. These are some things you should avoid to lessen your UTI discomfort:

  • Caffeine, including coffee, tea and chocolate
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Spicy foods
  • Acidic foods 
  • Refined sugar

Avoid Scented Feminine Hygiene Products

If you use feminine hygiene products with perfumes or chemicals, it can introduce bacteria into your body and slow the healing process. All products that have the potential to let in harmful bacteria should be avoided. These include vaginal sponges, diva cups, sex toys, and more. 

Wear Loose-Fitting Clothes

Tight fitting pants and underwear are more likely to trap moisture and speed up the growth of bacteria. Wearing loose clothes will allow the urethra to breathe and remain dry. You will also just feel more comfortable while trying to get rid of your UTI pain. 

Take OTC medications

While prescribed antibiotics are the best way to heal a UTI, there are some over-the-counter medications that can ease the pain in the meantime, such as Advil, Ibuprofen, Pyridium, Cranberry products, Azo, and Probiotics. 

Use a Heating Pad

The inflammation and irritation caused by your UTI can be reduced by placing a heating pad or a hot water bottle directly on your abdomen. The heat will soothe the area, decrease swelling, and lower pain and irritation, helping you sleep better!

How To Sleep With UTI Discomfort: Relief and Quality Rest 

UTIs are often hard to avoid even when you take preventative measures. But that doesn’t mean you have to endure the pain. Now you know that you can relieve your UTI discomfort with home remedies, medications, and Pillow Cube. 

We have products for every person and every situation, specially designed to give you quality sleep and comfort. Give your body the rest it deserves and your brain the peace of mind knowing you will remain healthy and comfortable for years to come!