Seasonal colds and stuffy noses can make life miserable.
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 reaching a single stage in the sleep cycle. If this sounds like you, then check out these sleep tips for when you have a cold.
Treat Your Throat Right
Start by prepping your throat for sleep. Livestrong recommends you gargle with warm salt water and drink warm tea with lemon and honey before bedtime. You can also add peppermint and ginger to your tea for added immunity boosters to help you fight the cold.
Sipping on broth is also beneficial for helping your throat find relief. Even better, these foods also offer substantial nutrition to give your immune system some support. By having a bowl of warm soup before bedtime, you’re filling your belly so you can sleep more soundly for a longer period.
Open Up Those Airways
Use vaporizers or mentholated creams rubbed on your chest to help you breathe more easily while sleeping. Best yet, these products will not counteract with cold medication and are safe for all ages.
You can also use a humidifier to release steam filled with essential oils into the air. Having a humidifier next to your bed can help fight dry air that can cause your throat and nose to be sore while sick.
Take Some Medicine
If you are in the midst of a serious cold, you may have little choice but to take some cold medicine in order to fall asleep. There are all kinds of cold medications sold over the counter. Send someone you trust to the store to find something that combats your symptoms.
Sleeping With a Cold
The amount of time it takes for a cold to run its course varies. However, according to Healthline a common cold will last for about 10 days. You can anticipate suffering the greatest on the fourth to sixth day of your illness. Keep this in mind as you apply these helpful tips for sleeping when you have a cold.
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