If you get nighttime coughs, you may want to try a remedy.
It is late. You would like to be sound asleep, but every time you drift off, a cough wakes you up.
A nighttime cough can be difficult to deal with. You need to sleep so you can get the rest you need to function. Your cough will keep you from getting the sleep you need.
What can you do to fight your cough at night?
We will look at some possibilities you may want to consider for different types of coughs, including wet and dry ones.
A cough can be caused by a variety of conditions. It may be easier for you to choose an effective remedy if you understand the cause of your cough.
These conditions and factors are known to cause coughing.
- There are allergies.
- viruses like colds and flus
- bacterial infections like pneumonia and bronchitis
- The postnasal drips.
- certain medications, such as ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers, and some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- COPD is a chronic lung disease.
- gastroesophageal reflux disease is a disease of the stomach.
- There is a genetic condition called cystic fibrosis.
- There is a cough.
“If you don’t know why you’re coughing, your doctor can order chest X-rays, lab tests, scope tests, orCT scans to find out what’s triggering your cough.”
Talk to your doctor about getting a There is a cough. vaccination, and if you smoke, know that quitting may improve your cough in as little as 8 weeks.
Wet coughs, which are sometimes called productive coughs, often involve excessive mucus in the chest, throat, and mouth. The following tips may help.
Tips for a wet cough
- Elevate your head and neck. Sleeping flat on your back or on your side can cause mucus to accumulate in your throat, which can trigger a cough. To avoid this, stack a couple of pillows or use a wedge to lift your head and neck slightly. Avoid elevating your head too much, as this could lead to neck pain and discomfort.
- Try an expectorant. Expectorants thin the mucus in your airways, making it easier to cough up phlegm. The only Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved expectorant in the United States is guaifenesin, which is marketed under brand names like Mucinex and Robitussin DM. If your cough is caused by a cold or bronchitis,
studiesshow that guaifenesin can be a safe and effective treatment.
- Swallow a little honey. In one
2013 study, 1 1/2 tsp. of honey at bedtime helped some coughing children sleep more soundly. Note that the study was based on parent surveys, which aren’t always an objective measurement.
- Drink a warm beverage. A steamy, warm beverage may help soothe a throat that’s become irritated from coughing, and also loosen up mucus. Warm water with honey and lemon, herbal teas, and broths are all good options. Be sure to finish drinking any beverage at least an hour before bedtime.
- Take a hot shower. Steam from a warm shower may help loosen mucus in your chest and sinuses, clearing your airways.
The following tips may provide relief.
Tips for a dry cough
- Try a lozenge. Throat lozenges can be found at drugstores and retailers, and they come in an assortment of flavors. Some have menthol to help open up your sinuses. Some contain vitamin C, and some include medications that can soothe a sore throat. Whichever one you try, be sure to finish the lozenge before you lie down so you don’t choke on it. Avoid giving lozenges to young children as they can be a choking hazard.
- Consider a decongestant. Decongestants can help dry up the The postnasal drips. that can cause that nagging nighttime cough. Don’t give decongestants to children younger than 12, as they can cause serious complications.
- Look into a cough suppressant. Cough suppressants, which are also known as antitussives, prevent coughing by blocking your cough reflex. They can be helpful for dry nighttime coughs, as they may stop your cough reflex from being triggered while you sleep.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated is especially important when you’re feeling under the weather. Drinking fluids throughout the day can help keep your throat lubricated, which can help protect it from irritants and other coughing triggers. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Just be sure to stop drinking fluids at least an hour before bedtime to avoid bathroom trips during the night.
If your cough is being caused by There are allergies. or The postnasal drips., you may be kept awake by an itchy or ticklish cough. Here’s what you can do.
Tips for a ticklish cough
- Use a humidifier. Air that’s too dry can irritate your throat and send you into a flurry of coughing. One word of caution: Be careful not to over-dampen the air. Allergens like dust mites and mold can worsen in wet air, and asthma can sometimes be exacerbated by dampness. To make sure the humidity level in your sleeping space is at or near the recommended level of 50 percent, consider using a hygrometer to measure the exact level of moisture in the air.
- Keep your bedding clean. The American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology recommends that you wash your sheets, mattress covers, blankets, and pillowcases in hot water, at 130°F (54.4°C) or higher, once a week. If you’re allergic to pet dander or pet saliva, it might be best to get your cuddles during the day and keep pets out of your bedroom at night.
- Try an oral antihistamine. Talk to your doctor about whether your cough would respond to an over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medicine that blocks your body’s production of histamines or acetylcholine, both of which stimulate coughing.
Home remedies or OTC medication will usually clear up a cough that is caused by an irritant within a few weeks.
Sometimes a cough is more serious. It is important that you visit your doctor.
- Your cough lasts more than 3 weeks.
- Your cough becomes wet.
- You are coughing up phlegm.
- You have a cold, a cough, or a vomiting illness.
- you’re wheezing
- Your ankle are swollen.
If you have a cough, seek immediate medical attention.
There are many effective treatments available to reduce the severity and duration of a nighttime cough so you can sleep peacefully.
If your cough is caused by a cold, the flu, or There are allergies., you may be able to ease your cough by trying some simple home remedies or by taking OTC cough, cold, or allergy medications.
If your symptoms last longer than a few weeks, you should seek help from your doctor.