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Tips for sleeping with a cold

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When you have a cold, you need rest to recuperate. Yet every time you lie down, your nose clogs up or you cough constantly, which prevents you from getting the sleep you need.

Here are some tips for helping you get that much-needed slumber.

Livestrong recommends gargling with warm salt water and drinking warm tea with lemon and honey before bedtime. You can also add peppermint and ginger to your tea for added immunity boosters.

Avoid having a hot toddy if you are already taking cold medication. The combination of alcohol and OTC medicine can prove dangerous. Plus, you are unable to achieve a deep state of sleep after consuming alcohol.

Sipping on broth or eating chicken or miso soup is also beneficial for your throat, and offer substantial nutritional support to your immune system.

Essential oils are excellent for opening your airways. Apply a few drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oils to a cloth that you can hold over your nose to open breathing passages. You can also use a vaporizer or mentholated cream rubbed on your chest to help you breathe more easily. These products will not interact with cold medication and are safe for all ages.

Use a humidifier to release steam filled with essential oils into the air. Even a humidifier alone next to your bed can help fight dry air that can cause your throat and nose to be sore. Take advantage of the many over-the-counter cold medications available to treat your symptoms.

WebMD advises sleeping alone to get needed rest and prevent spreading germs.

According to Healthline a common cold will last for about 10 days, the worst being the fourth to sixth day. Keep this in mind as you apply these helpful tips for sleeping when you have a cold.

 

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