Unblocking your nose before bed
A blocked nose is no fun when you're trying to get some rest.
Before you hit the hay, try these tips to help relieve the symptoms of a stuffy nose:
Over-the-counter cold and flu medicines, decongestants or antihistamines can help with the symptoms of a nose blocked at night. 💊
But you should avoid non-drowsy products containing caffeine before bed.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your throat moistened. 💦
A warm tea, particularly with lemon or honey, or a herbal tea (such as peppermint or chamomile) can soothe a sore throat and ease cold symptoms. 🫖
Gurgling salt water is also a great way to relieve throat pain and reduce nasal congestion.
Use a saline rinse
Clear your nasal passages with saline sprays or homemade solutions.
Mix iodide-free salt and baking soda, then add it to lukewarm boiled water.
Use a bulb syringe to gently squirt the solution into one nostril while holding the other closed. 💉
You could also use a neti pot to thin and flush out mucus.
Take a hot shower or facial steam
Steam from a hot shower can thin mucus in your sinuses.
Alternatively, you can inhale steam from a bowl of boiling water with a towel draped over your head for five minutes. 🧖
Take deep breaths and keep a safe distance from the water.
Eat spicy food
Spicy meals with chilli peppers, wasabi, or horseradish can open nasal passages, ease sinus pain, and release blocked mucu from a stuffy nose at night.🌶️
When should you see a doctor?
While a blocked nose can be a frustrating hindrance to a good night's sleep, there are numerous methods you can try to alleviate the discomfort.
However, it's important to consult a doctor for any of the following:
- Your symptoms persist for more than 10 days
- You have a high fever
- You have green or yellow mucus
- You are experiencing facial pain
- Your mucus contains blood
Severe and ongoing symptoms of a blocked nose could be a sign of a more serious illness, such as a sinus infection.
A bad sinus infection could even lead to a ruptured eardrum (especially in younger children).
For children, seek medical advice if their symptoms don't improve or if babies experience breathing difficulties.
Remember, your health and well-being come first, so don't hesitate to contact a healthcare professional when in doubt. 👩⚕️