09
July
2014

How to calm a nighttime cough

What to do when a cough keeps you up all night

Being up all night with a cough is the worst, and your significant other sure does not appreciate it either.  Read on to learn how to calm a night time cough.

Being up all night with a cough is the worst, and your significant other sure does not appreciate it either.  Coughing during the day is annoying enough, but being up at night with a cough is even worse.  Sometimes it seems like nothing at all can make a night time cough go away.  What's more, since you are missing out on sleep while you have a cough that is keeping you up at night, it will take you even longer to get better since you will be sleep deprived.  Read on to learn how to calm a night time cough.

1. Try shifting your sleeping position

If you have not tried this already, prop yourself up in bed so that you are sleeping semi-seated.  Although it may be difficult to sleep in this position, this is actually the best position to drain  your sinuses and get the mucus away from your head and throat.  Try sleeping in this position for a night if you can, and you will most likely improve your cough.

2. Drink plenty of hot liquids

This is one of the number one ways to deal with a day time and night time cough - pump yourself full of hot liquids like tea, water with honey, or soup.  However, make sure they are herbal teas, and avoid coffee and other beverages that contain caffeine because these will dehydrate you.

3. Turn off the fan or air conditioner

Most people find that if they sleep next to a source of moving air, they will develop a cough or sore throat during the night.  Try to eliminate any sources of moving air that you might have in your house so that they do not aggravate your dry and raspy coughing.

4. Suck on lots of lozenges

Just don't fall asleep with them in your mouth - you do not want to choke!  Using lozenges will help a sore throat and dry cough by producing more saliva in your mouth.  Most of these lozenges have menthol or some other cooling agent as well, which will sooth sore throat pain if you have that as well.

5. Try a humidifier

If you can get your hands on a humidifier, this can be a great way to keep your cough under control.  Humidifiers will pump moisture into the air, which will soothe a cough and sore throat.  Dry air or moving air is an enemy of your throat and chest, so make sure that it is full of moisture to give you optimal health.

6. Don't forget to drink water

Drink lots of water along with the tea.  The key is to make sure that you do not get dehydrated.  If you are dehydrated, your cough will take a lot more time to go away and you will be sick for a lot more time.

These are our best suggestions.  Do you have any other tips and tricks to make a night time cough go away?

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