During cold and flu season, this year especially, there may be times when you’re struggling to get enough sleep. But quality sleep plays an essential role in helping your body get better. Here are some tips that may help you catch a few extra Z’s, even when you’re sick:
- Use a humidifier. Warm, moist air helps clear your breathing passages when you’re suffering from a cough or sore throat. Don’t have a humidifier? Try leaning your face over a cup of hot tea or a sink full of hot water for a few minutes and breath deeply.
- Turn off or put down electronics. The light from your phone could be keeping you up longer than you’d like. And if you fall asleep with the TV on? The noise could keep you from getting a truly deep sleep. Without entering a deep sleep, your body may not be able to fully gain the benefits of your entire REM cycle. So make sure the power is off before you try to power down.
- Add an extra pillow. Sometimes when you’re lying down, you’re contributing to sinus pressure in your head. Adding an extra pillow to prop your head up a bit further may help reduce this effect and relieve your cough.
- Have water and tissues on the nightstand. Getting up to walk to the kitchen in the middle of the night when your throat is dry or nose is running will make it harder to fall back asleep. Make sure your bedtime routine includes preparing your nightstand with these items, should you need them.
If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep even outside of when you’re sick, consider reaching out to the experts at SleepMaster Solutions™. We can help you determine if your tiredness is a side effect of a sleep disorder and help you get treatment, if needed.