An itchy, nagging cough can keep you awake all night, leading to slower recovery times, poorer performance at work, and a heaping dose of misery and discomfort. Don’t worry, though; we’ve got the answers you need and the best way to sleep with a cough!
1. Take Some Honey
If you’re sick, coughing is your body’s natural way of expelling the germs. If you’re trying to get some rest so your body can heal, however, it might be appropriate to use a cough suppressant, and there might be no better cough suppressant–natural or otherwise–than honey!
Honey is something of a superfood thanks to its antimicrobial properties, but it has also been shown to be highly effective for suppressing coughs and soothing sore throats. Taking a tablespoon by itself or in a mug of hot tea before bed can do wonders.
2. Don’t Sleep Laying Flat
One of the reasons you might be coughing all night is because you have a buildup of mucus that pools in the back of your throat when you lay down. To combat this, try sleeping on an incline, either by sleeping on bolsters, a stack of pillows or in an armchair.
You might even be able to place blocks under the head of your bed to incline your entire bed, as this is the best way to sleep with a cough.
3. Use Essential Oils
Essential oils like peppermint oil and rosemary have been shown to reduce coughing and soothe sore throats completely naturally, whether you’re dealing with chronic coughs or an acute illness-driven cough. This knowledge isn’t new; these are ingredients in those old school vapor rubs your grandparents might have used!
Beware of using eucalyptus at night, however, since it’s an expectorant that might make you start coughing more. You can dilute these oils in a carrier oil such as coconut oil and rub on your chest, your throat, or the bottom of your feet. Be careful not to get them in your eyes!
The best way to sleep with a cough involves helping your body sleep better, which is exactly what our three suggestions will do for you. Here’s to a great night’s sleep tonight!