Health

Sleeping Better with a Cough

Coughing like there’s LITERALLY no tomorrow? Yep, we’ve all been there; when you’re just desperately asking the snooze gods for help to catch some ZZZs, but to no avail.

Although coughing is your body’s way of protecting you from bacteria and other foreign particles, it MUST go. We prepared a list of remedies you can easily try at home. Because who doesn’t want a good night’s sleep and a clear throat the next day?

1. Drink a warm & soothing drink before bed

Dampening your respiratory tract with a warm drink can help break the mucus within it. Your best options would be herbal tea (e.g., thyme, ginger, chamomile), lemon juice with honey, or even hot milk. Steer clear of caffeinated drinks – it defeats the entire purpose of this advice.

2. Take a hot shower or bath

Taking a hot shower helps you inhale steam that could loosen your mucus build-up. At this point, you’re more likely to feel sleepy as your body temperature rises during a bath and drops right after. Cooling down will signal your body that it's time to hit the hay.

3. Adjust to an inclined sleeping position

Lying on your back can result in mucus accumulation in your throat. Doing so also induces you to breathe through your mouth – drying the airways that lead to more coughing.

Sleeping on an inclined position helps you breathe better. Some like propping themselves up with more pillows, while others would even sleep on a recliner chair or adjustable bed base. In general, having your back straight on a 4” incline is recommended to keep your neck and spine still in neutral position. Be wary of this; you may cure your cough but end up with neck pain. (Related Article: 'How to Sleep with Neck Pain')

4. Keep bedding clean

You know from our previous article on washing your sheets and pillowcases that a dirty bed attracts dust mites and other allergens. These can easily trigger allergic reactions – worsening your dreadful cough.

5. Stay hydrated

We've all heard the line “keep drinking water” at one point. And it was never wrong for anyone to say that. Just like drinking tea, keeping yourself hydrated helps break down and make mucus thinner. It also keeps your body well-hydrated which is always good for overall health.

6. Relax

Don't forget to make yourself feel as comfy as possible! Watch a funny movie or read a good book. Follow all the tips, turn off the lights, put the gadgets away, and off to snooze land you go.

If your symptoms persist for longer than two weeks, or is accompanied by other kinds of pain, speak to a doctor immediately.