Congestion is a problem facing millions of people on any given night. Here are some drug-free ways to immediately relieve nighttime nasal congestion.

  1. Have soup for dinner: What mothers have known for centuries, research is finally confirming: chicken soup really can make you feel better. It can act as an anti-inflammatory, helping clear the nose of excess mucus.1
  2. Add ginger: Try incorporating more ginger into your diet. Ginger is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and has been used to combat colds and various ailments for centuries.1
  3. Lift your head: Try elevating the head of your bed 6-8 inches by adding more pillows.2 Sleeping at an incline can help your sinuses drain out and minimize swelling inside your nose.
  4. Steam clean your nose: The simple act of inhaling steam can significantly loosen congestion. Before tucking in for the night, try taking a steaming shower or fixing yourself a hot cup of tea—and don’t forget to breathe deeply.2
  5. Set the right humidity: The optimal level of humidity for sleep is between 30-50 percent.2 A hygrometer can measure humidity, to help you determine whether to run a humidifier or dehumidifier. 
  6. Try nasal strips: Breathe Right® nasal strips open your nasal passages from the outside, creating a wider opening for air to pass. This helps relieve nasal congestion caused by colds, allergies, or a deviated septum. They also help reduce snoring caused by nasal congestion.