How To Stop A Cough At Night
Coughing is a reflex action -and major source of annoyance - that occurs when your body needs to get rid of harmful particles. It's one of the main symptoms of many respiratory diseases. Coughs often tends to be worse at night, making it difficult for the patient to get to sleep and causing him or her to wake up several times during the night with sudden fits of coughing. If you're looking for useful solutions to help you stop a cough at night and get a good night's sleep for once, take note of the tips in this OneHowTo article and be sure to put them into practice.
A cough at night makes it difficult to get to sleep, and often makes it impossible to actually sleep well. When treating it, the key is to soothe your throat and try to unblock your airways before going to bed. Before you start trying out our recommended treatments and remedies, you need to make sure that your sheets are clean. If you've been using the same sheets for a while, you should change them to get rid of any mites or dust, which can make your cough worse.
Similarly, check how clean your room is; if dust has built up, you need to remove it and hoover the floor to leave it nice and clean.
A good way to prevent fits of cough at night is to have a shower before going to bed. Use hot water - the steam will help to unblock your airways and stop them getting too dry. This will also make your body more relaxed and make it easier to get to sleep.
If you prefer not to shower at night, another option is to inhale steam using hot water and a medicinal herb with expectorant properties, to get air flowing through your airways more easily. All you need to do is boil some eucalyptus or mint leaves in a saucepan. When you've brought it to the boil, move it away from the heat. Place the pan on a hard, flat surface, put a towel round your head with your face poking out, lean over the pan (careful not to burn yourself) and inhale the steam rising up from it.
Ginger and honey are two products with expectorant properties that are great for relieving coughs and helping to get rid of mucus that has built up in the lungs. If you mix these two ingredients together you'll get a very effective homemade cough syrup to help you stop coughing at night - just take one spoonful of it before going to bed.
To prepare this homemade cough syrup, you need to mix 1 tablespoon of ground ginger, 1 tablespoon of honey, juice from 1 lemon and 4 cups of water. Mix them together in a blender, and voila!
Another food with powerful expectorant and cough suppressant properties is onion, which is one of the most popular natural remedies to relieve persistent coughing at night. We recommend that you slice up an onion, put it on a plate, and place it on your bedside table or somewhere near your bed headboard. Try it, you'll soon see how good it is!
There are also some medicinal plants with cough suppressant properties, which will help you get to sleep at night if you take them in infusion form. A good example is liquorice, which helps to soothe the throat and dilates bronchial passages. To make a liquorice infusion, add 1 tablespoon of dried liquorice root in a cup of boiling water, let it stand for 5-6 minutes, strain the mixture and take when it's cooled down a bit.
As well as liquorice, there are some other herbs that are really good for relieving coughing at night, especially for young children. Our article Home remedies for children's coughs will tell you all about them.
In addition to following these tips, to stop coughing at night you need to keep yourself well hydrated all day, and always have a glass or bottle of water near the bed so you can have a drink when you need to. Sleeping with your head slightly elevated will also be beneficial - it will prevent mucus from building up in your throat and making you cough.
Remember it's important to go and see your doctor if your cough becomes persistent and you can't get rid of it, as you'll need to start a treatment to cure whatever's causing it.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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