Surely you have passed from being sick and that at night you "attack" a cough episode that you can not stop with anything. You may or may not have been sleeping, but the cough became more continuous and stronger.
The night is the critical time for colds because congestion worsens and symptoms become more acute. At bedtime you are likely to cough more than during the day when you are doing other activities.
The main reason why the nocturnal cough is more pronounced than the daytime has to do with position. If we are lying down or lying down, the airways are obstructed. The consequences are:
- Throat irritation
- Lack of rest from waking up all the time.
- Discomfort for people who live or sleep nearby.
- Possibility of choking on saliva or phlegm.
How to treat or avoid night cough?
Pay close attention to the following tips and recommendations so that the cough does not bother you at night or that it is less acute.
Lemon juice and honey
- 1 glass of warm water (200 ml)
- The juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Mix all the ingredients well and sip before going to bed.
You will enjoy the sedative and softening properties of the mucosa and respiratory tract. In addition, lemon provides vitamin C, which improves defenses and is a great antiseptic and antibacterial.
Honey is antiseptic and antioxidant, as well as serving to clear the throat. If you want, you can add a tea bag instead of plain water.
It is also believed that this home remedy for night cough, being sweet and hot, causes a greater secretion of saliva that "cleanses" the mucus from the airways.
Garlic and onion
These two vegetables have a great antiseptic and antibacterial power that allow to eliminate any virus or bacteria that is causing the cough. In addition to consuming them raw in your meals, it is advisable to make a broth.
- ½ onion
- 1 clove garlic
- Required amount of water
Put everything in a saucepan and heat.
Filter and drink like tea or soup.
You may not like the taste so much, so you can add a few drops of lemon. Consume before going to bed.
Habits to avoid night cough
In addition to taking advantage of the benefits of natural remedies for night coughs, you can condition the room to make it more "beneficial" with your problem. For this it is recommended:
Install a humidifier: Many times the cough appears when the environment is very dry. With this device you will not only improve the humidity in the room but also prevent the proliferation of certain viruses and bacteria.
Put additional cushions: As the cough at night worsens due to the position of the body, try not to make this a problem. You can sleep with more cushions to lift your head and torso. In this way the lungs and throat will be elevated in relation to the rest of the body. Mucus drainage into the throat that triggers the cough reflex will be reduced.
Raise the bed: If it is not very comfortable for you to sleep with extra cushions, you can put some studs on the legs of the bed (the ones at the head). The effect is the same and you may avoid pain in the neck or back.
The Epoch Times