7 Ways to Sleep Like a Log When You Have a Cold

Common sleeping tips may not do much for you when you have a cold. You may reduce your exposure to blue light and avoid caffeine but still struggle to get quality shuteye.

Colds interfere with sleep due to congestion, coughing, and muscle aches. The worst part is lack of sleep makes your cold worse. Getting quality sleep, on the other hand, helps you recover faster. Below are strategies you can use to get quality sleep when you have a cold.

7 Ways to Sleep Like a Log When You Have a Cold

1. Keep Your Upper Body Elevated

When you lie flat on your bed, mucus becomes trapped in the nasal passages, which leads to breathing difficulties. Raising your upper body will help drain mucus from your nose.

Many people know that†keeping the upper body elevated is beneficial, but they do it the wrong way. They stack pillows to lift the upper body, not realizing that the pillow may tilt the neck, leading to more breathing difficulties.

Elevate the head of your bed by placing clothes under the mattress. This will allow you to keep your upper body elevated without tilting your neck.

2. Use a Humidifier

A humidifier will release moist air that will clear up congestion and reduce irritation in your nose and throat.

Just remember to clean your humidifier regularly. An uncleaned one may contain mold and bacteria that†can worsen your cold.

3. Drink Hot Lemon Water

Many of us have used this mixture to treat colds in the past. It helps ease coughing and soothes a sore throat.

You may want to take this drink several times during the day, but limit your intake to one cup at night. Otherwise, youíll have to rush to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

4. Take a Hot Shower before Bed

A hot shower can help you sleep well, even when you donít have a cold. It has a cooling effect that makes it easier to fall asleep.

Thatís not all. The steam from the hot shower will clear up your nose and improve your breathing. Keep your bathroom door shut to trap the steam.

5. Stick to Your Regular Sleep Schedule

Iíve talked before about the importance of maintaining a regular sleep schedule. It allows you to get enough sleep every night. Itís also easier to fall asleep when you have a specific sleep-time because your body is used to it.

6. Read the Labels on Your Meds

Many people donít know that some cold medicines contain decongestants, such as caffeine and pseudoephedrine, which can keep you up all night. Look out for any strong stimulants in cold meds that†could keep you from sleeping.

7. Use Nasal Sprays

Use nasal sprays if your nose is congested to the point where air can barely pass. Nasal sprays will shrink the blood vessels in your nose and allow you to breathe comfortably.

However, as I explained in this article, using nasal sprays for more than three days can make your cold worse.

Whatís your secret to sleeping like a log when you have a cold?

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37 comments

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney11 days ago

Great info Thankk you for caring and sharing

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney11 days ago

Thankk you for caring and sharing

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney11 days ago

Thankk you for caring and sharing

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney11 days ago

Interesting Thankk you for caring and sharing

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Louise A
Louise A11 days ago

thanks very much

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Mike R
Mike R11 days ago

Thanks

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hELEN hEARFIELD
hELEN h12 days ago

tyfs

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Marija M
Marija Mohoric12 days ago

Very useful info, tks very much,

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Ruth R
Ruth R12 days ago

Try cutting a raw onion in half and leaving it on the bedside table, cut sides up. This works for me.

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R12 days ago

Very grateful I haven't had a cold in as long as I can remember...if ever.! Thanks for posting.

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