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How Do I Know If I Have a Bladder Infection?

2. Urination that Disrupts Sleep

The urge to urinate at night can be so strong with a bladder infection that it rouses you from sleep and disrupts you several times throughout the night. You may wake frequently throughout the night with the urge to pee, but only do so in small amounts. This can be frustrating because it feels like you’re holding a lot of urine, and even when you urinate, you will likely still feel the pressure and weight, as if you didn’t completely drain your bladder of urine.

As you fight a bladder infection, it’s vital to drink plenty of fluids—water and herbal teas are best—in an attempt to flush the bacteria out of your bladder. Your doctor may also recommend drinking cranberry juice to increase the acid levels in your urine, which may speed the destruction of  bacteria. However, as you increase your fluid intake, you will likely find you have to urinate more often, especially throughout the night.

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