How many times have you had your sleep interrupted with a nighttime cough? You get maybe one or two complete hours of sleep and the rest of the night you are either running to the fridge to get something to soothe your sore throat or hacking away into a tissue. If the cough medicine has run out, we have a couple of ideas to get you back in bed for a full night’s rest.
• Herbal Tea – purchase a thermal water bottle and when you are feeling under the weather, fill it with some herbal tea with honey before going to bed and keep it on the nightstand. The honey will soothe your throat and the hot tea will help to break up the mucus.
• Humidifiers – these are very popular in the winter when the air is dryer, but too much humidity can be just as harmful as the dry air. Things such as mold and dust mites prefer the damper air, so be careful when using a humidifier. The recommended level is between 40 and 50 percent.
• Clean Sheets and Pillows – those pesky dust mites will trigger your allergies and send you into a coughing frenzy. Make it a habit of cleaning all of your bedding and changing the pillowcases once a week. If you use overlays on your furniture, clean them every week as well.
• Sleep Upright – lying flat will cause any mucus to gather in the back of your throat. By sleeping on an incline, you can prevent the draining of your nasal passages into the back of your throat.
• Be Prepared – the last thing you want to do when you are in bed is keep having to get out of bed. In addition to the tea we mentioned above, you may want to keep some basic supplies on your night table. Tissues, cough drops, and water all are items that should be close by when you are expecting a night of coughing ahead.
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