Eight tips for nighttime cough relief

These are eight useful tips for nighttime cough relief

1. Drink herbal tea with honey

Have a cup of non-caffeinated tea before bed and add a little honey.

2. Sleep on an incline

All the postnasal drainage and mucus you swallow during the day backs up and irritates your throat when you lay down at night.

Try to defy gravity by propping yourself up on some pillows while you sleep.

Another trick for people with acid reflux is to stick wooden blocks under the head of the bed to raise it 4 inches.

With that angle, you might keep acids down in your stomach where they won’t irritate your throat.

3. Use steam cautiously

You may find relief from taking a shower or bath before bed – or just sitting in a steamy bathroom.

However, if you have asthma, steam can actually make a cough worse.

4. Watch the humidity

Too much moisture in your bedroom can keep you coughing, too. Dust mites and mold – both common allergens – thrive in damp air.

Keep humidity levels at 40% to 50%. To measure humidity, pick up an inexpensive device – a hygrometer – at your hardware store.

5. Prepare your bedside

In case you start coughing in the night, have everything you need by your bed — a glass of water, cough medicine or drops, and anything else that seems to help.

The sooner you can stop a coughing fit, the better.

6. Keep bedding clean

Dust mites – tiny creatures that eat dead flakes of skin and lurk in bedding — are a common allergy trigger.

To get rid of them, each week wash all your bedding in hot water.

You may also want to wrap your mattress and pillows in plastic, as that can keep dust mites from invading.

7. Consider medicine

An expectorant can help loosen mucus.

A cough suppressant blocks the cough reflex and reduces the urge to cough.

Look carefully at the label to make sure you get the medicine that’s right for your cough. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you’re not sure.

8. See your doctor

If you’ve had a nighttime cough for longer than 7 days, it’s time to check in with your doctor.

It may take some time, but together, you and your doctor can figure out the cause.


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