Health Tip: Stave Off Cold Symptoms for Better Sleep
(HealthDay News) -- When you're sick with a cold, plenty of sleep may be just what you need. But a stuffy nose and cough can prevent you from getting your rest.
Here are suggestions to help you sleep while you battle a cold, courtesy of the National Sleep Foundation:
Sip on a warm mug of tea with honey to soothe a stuffy nose, sore throat or cough.
Enjoy a hot, steamy shower to help unclog nasal passages and relax you.
Run a humidifier. Make sure to change the water each day and clean the tank every couple of days to prevent mold.
Stack pillows in bed to stop mucous from collecting.
Take an over-the-counter cold medicine. Be sure to read ingredient labels carefully, and don't use more than one medication at a time.
Get out of bed if you can't sleep. Listen to soothing music or have a cup of tea, and head back to bed after 20 minutes.