Breathe better: 6 ways to relieve nasal congestion at home

Your nose is congested, and you just can’t sleep. Sound familiar? If you’re wondering how to unclog your nose with some home remedies, we’ve got you.

Nasal 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. Rinse it out: Indoor allergens like dust, pent dander and mold can cause nasal allergies. If you’re experiencing a stuffy nose, rinsing out your nose with salt water daily. For best results, use distilled, sterile, or thoroughly filtered water in a special squeeze bottle or neti pot. Rinse the device with distilled, sterile, or filtered water as well, and let dry properly before stowing.
  4. Steam clean your nose: Steaming is a great way to unclog your nose at home. The simple act of inhaling steam can significantly loosen nasal 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


  1. Set the right humidity: The optimal level of humidity for sleep is between 30-50%.² It’s also the best humidity level for sinus problems. A hygrometer can measure humidity, to help you determine whether to run a humidifier or dehumidifier.
  2. Try nasal strips: Breathe Right® nasal strips open your nose 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.


  1. Khatri, Minesh. “Soothing Recipes for Colds.” WebMD, 20 Oct. 2016, Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  2. Ratini, Melinda. “How to Treat Nasal Congestion and Sinus Pressure.” WebMD, 17 Jan. 2017, Retrieved June 20, 2018.

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