If you get nighttime coughs, you may want to try a lozenge, a humidifier, or elevating your head or neck.

    It’s late. You’d like to be sound asleep — but every time you begin to drift off, a cough jolts you awake again.

    A nighttime cough can be disruptive and frustrating. You need to sleep so you can get the rest you need to fight your illness and function during the day. But your nagging cough won’t let you get the elusive sleep you so badly need.

    So, what can you do to conquer your cough at night?

    In this article, we’ll look at some possibilities you may want to consider for different types of coughs, including wet and dry coughs and those ticklish back-of-the-throat ones.

    A cough can be caused by a wide variety of conditions and circumstances. If you understand the cause of your cough, it may be easier for you to choose an effective remedy.

    These conditions and factors are all known to cause coughing:

    • asthma
    • allergies
    • viruses like colds and flus
    • bacterial infections like pneumonia and bronchitis
    • postnasal drip
    • smoking
    • certain medications, such as ACE inhibitors , beta-blockers , and some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    • chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
    • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • cystic fibrosis
    • whooping cough

    If you’re not sure why you’re coughing, your doctor can order chest X-rays, lab tests, scope tests, or CT scans to find out what’s triggering your cough.

    Talk to your doctor about getting a whooping 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.

    Safety warning

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , it isn’t safe to give honey to children under 1 year old because of the risk of botulism , which can be deadly.

    Dry coughs may be related to conditions like GERD, asthma, postnasal drip, ACE inhibitors, and upper respiratory infections. Less commonly, dry coughs could be caused by whooping cough .

    The following tips may provide relief .

    If your cough is being caused by allergies or postnasal drip, you may be kept awake by an itchy or ticklish cough. Here’s what you can do.

    In most cases, a cough that’s caused by an infection or irritant will usually clear up within a few weeks with home remedies or OTC medication.

    But there may be times when a cough is more serious. It’s important that you pay a visit to your doctor if:

    • your cough lasts longer than 3 weeks
    • your cough turns from dry to wet
    • you’re coughing up increased amounts of phlegm
    • you also have a fever, shortness of breath, or vomiting
    • you’re wheezing
    • your ankles are swollen

    Seek immediate medical attention if you have a cough and:

    • have trouble breathing
    • cough up blood or pink-tinged mucus
    • have chest pains

    A nighttime cough can be disruptive, but there are many effective treatments available to lessen its severity and duration so you can sleep more peacefully.

    If your cough is caused by a cold, the flu, or 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 or your symptoms worsen, follow up with your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

    Read this article in Spanish .

    How should you sleep when you have a 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. more
    How do you sleep with a tickly cough?
    Professor Morice shares his top tips:
    1. Sleep on an incline.
    2. Take a hot shower or bath.
    3. Prepare your bedside.
    4. Wash the bedding.
    5. Take a cough suppressant to help reduce the urge to cough throughout the night.
    6. Control the humidity level.
    7. Stay hydrated.
    8. Avoid lying on your back.
    more
    Should you sleep with window open when you have a cough?
    While people may believe leaving a window open caused their sore throat, it really depends more on the air quality, says Michael Benninger, MD, Head & Neck Institute Chairman. “Cool air from an open window can help people breathe better, unless the air is very dry,” Dr. more
    How do you sleep with a cough?
    Calming a wet cough
    1. 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.
    2. Try an expectorant.
    3. Swallow a little honey.
    4. Drink a warm beverage.
    5. Take a hot shower.
    more
    Why do you not cough in your sleep?
    We don't cough in our sleep either. Most voluntary muscles are switched off at night so that we do not sleep walk when dreaming. The mucous membranes in the nose are presumably similarly affected so that we don't get an irritation which would cause us to sneeze, which would undoubtedly interrupt our sleep. more
    Can you choke on a cough drop in your sleep?
    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 postnasal drip that can cause that nagging nighttime cough. more
    How do you sleep with a cold and cough?
    Read on to learn more about how to sleep with a common cold.
    1. Drink a warm beverage.
    2. Take an NSAID.
    3. Use a nasal decongestant.
    4. Try cough medicine.
    5. Gargle with salt water.
    6. Use a saline nasal rinse.
    7. Stack your pillows.
    8. Use a vapor rub.
    more
    How should I sleep with a constant cough?
    If your cough seems to worsen once you lie flat, try propping up your head and neck. Use a wedge pillow or multiple bed pillows to make yourself comfortable while lying in a position that keeps your head elevated above the rest of your body. more
    Does cough DM make you sleepy?
    Slight drowsiness/dizziness, nausea, or vomiting may occur. Rarely, some people may experience severe drowsiness/dizziness with normal doses. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. more
    How should you sleep if you have a cough?
    Sleep on an incline. When it comes to nighttime cough, gravity is your enemy. All the postnasal drainage and mucus you swallow during the day backs up and irritates your throat when you lay down at night. Try to defy gravity by propping yourself up on some pillows while you sleep. more
    How should I sleep with a dry cough?
    Tips for a dry cough
    1. Try a lozenge. Throat lozenges can be found at drugstores and retailers, and they come in an assortment of flavors.
    2. Consider a decongestant. Decongestants can help dry up the postnasal drip that can cause that nagging nighttime cough.
    3. Look into a cough suppressant.
    4. Drink plenty of fluids.
    more

    Source: www.healthline.com

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