COLD SEASON, NASAL CONGESTION, AND SLEEP
This cold season, coughs, sneezes, and nasal congestion will do everything in their power to stop you from getting the restorative sleep you need when you’re feeling under the weather. Here are some insights on how cold season and congestion affect sleep—and ways to breathe and feel better.
THE ROAD TO RELIEF BEGINS WITH SLEEP
Sleeping might be the best thing you can do to recover from a cold. But when you’re sick, the lining of your nasal cavities swell with excess fluid, making it difficult to breathe—especially when you’re lying down. This, in turn, may cause you to lose sleep and become sleep deprived, which can further suppress immune functionality.
But, even during cold season, there are things you can do to relieve congestion so you can get the sleep you need.
TIPS FOR FEELING AND SLEEPING BETTER
Steam can significantly relieve congestion: try drinking a hot beverage, such as non-caffeinated tea, to help open your nasal passages. Or stand over a steaming pot. Other adjustments like sleeping with your head elevated and applying a hot compress under your eyes can help drain the sinuses and relieve sinus pain and pressure.
For more drug-free tips to relieve nighttime nasal congestion, view them here.