We are now nose-deep into cold and flu season with allergy season is right around the corner.
Bring on the stuffy noses!
This time of year, you may find your tissue budget soaring, your sinuses aching, and sleep suffering thanks to sneezing, congestion, and fever, but there are ways to rest easier even with the stuffy nose that usually comes with them.
Follow these tips to sleep more soundly, and help you recover faster, despite the stuffy nose:
Steam before bed
Whether it’s a long, hot shower or some time in the steam room at your local gym, steam can help relieve congestion in the head, chest, and nose by loosening mucus and relieving pain. Bonus points for the relaxing effect a hot, steamy shower can have on the whole body.
Run a humidifier
While you sleep, a humidifier can help add moisture to the air and your respiratory system. Similar to the steam in a shower, this can help relieve pain and congestion while you sleep. Plus, adding certain essential oils like these to your humidifier (follow humidifier instructions) or a diffuser in your bedroom can help clear nasal passages even more:
Sleep at an angle
It’s not hard to see that when you lie down to sleep, the stuffiness quickly settles into your head and nose, making it difficult to fall or stay asleep. To help alleviate this, add an extra pillow or two to prop yourself up. Sleeping with your head slightly elevated helps to prevent some of the stuffiness and head congestion from settling thanks to gravity’s pull.
Try nasal strips
They’re not just for snoring! Nasal strips, found at many big-name stores and local drug stores now, can be just the thing for helping up up your breathing passages and sleeping better with a stuffy nose.
With a stuffy nose, especially when you’re not feeling well, thanks to a cold or flu virus, the last thing you need to be doing all night is getting up to get a tissue, water, medicine, or other supplies. Keep everything you need close at hand, so if you do wake up, you can quickly grab what you need and go back to sleep.
Give medicine a try
While there are many great natural home remedies out there, sometimes medication is going to be a must for shut-eye if your congestion and stuffy nose are too much to overcome. In these cases, consider an over-the-counter nasal spray or cold and flu medicine. Choose the best option for your symptoms and needs. Be sure to discuss options with your doctor or pharmacist if you’re unsure, especially if you take other medication.
Whether it’s a cold or flu virus, allergies, or a sinus infection, a stuffy nose is a common inconvenience, but tips like these can help make it less of one.
If you have a stuffy nose and congestion that becomes severe enough to affect your breathing or symptoms last longer than usual, it may be time to see a health professional. Contact our office to schedule an appointment today.