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How to Sleep Better When You Have a Cold

author image Linda Ray
Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She's covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the "Greenville News," "Success Magazine" and "American City Business Journals." Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called "Money Smart."
How to Sleep Better When You Have a Cold
Tea and medicine on a table beside a woman sleeping in bed. Photo Credit: tab1962/iStock/Getty Images

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic report that most adults will have anywhere from two to four colds a year on average, and children might get as many as 10 colds a year. They recommend sleep as one of the main remedies for the common cold. It can be difficult to get the rest you need to heal from a cold, however, when your head is stuffy, you're coughing and you just can't get comfortable. Lack of sleep can contribute to a cold's severity.

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Step 1

Gargle with warm salt water to soothe your throat before you lie down. Try drinking warm tea with honey and lemon as another alternative for a sore throat. Keep the tea beside your bed so you can sip it as you fall asleep.

Step 2

Use an extra pillow or two to raise your head so that your sinuses aren't dripping down the back of your throat. Pile enough pillows behind your head and upper back so that you are halfway sitting up.

Step 3

Take codeine that's prescribed by your doctor just before you lie down. The medicine is a narcotic and causes drowsiness. Doctors at the American Academy of Family Physicians report that codeine should not be used for colds in children, however.

Step 4

Eat a hot bowl of chicken soup. Doctors at the National Institutes of Health report that chicken soup, though an old-fashioned folk remedy, might be one of the best ways to get some rest and quickly heal from a cold. The heat, the fluids and the salt combine to ease the symptoms and provide comfort so you can sleep.

Step 5

Run a humidifier where you sleep. A humidifier can help to soothe drying sinuses, cracked lips and bloody noses that often accompany a cold. A humidifier can help you breathe more easily so you can sleep.

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