It's hard to fall asleep when your throat is acting up... And when this happens, whether the cough is dry or oily, it's hard to enjoy a restful night's sleep... Even in high-quality sheets! The causes can be multiple and diverse: bronchitis, cold, sinusitis, or respiratory infection. Here are a few explanations and tips to help you get over this ordeal! Of course, this article is intended to give you brief information, and will not replace the advice of a medical professional. If you have difficulty breathing or feeling well, we encourage you to consult a doctor as soon as possible.
Causes of nighttime cough: Why do I cough at night?
First of all, what is a cough? Coughing is a reflex set up by the body when the respiratory tract is blocked by secretions for example. Coughing is not in itself an illness, but it is a manifestation that the body uses to express an inner discomfort. Whether you are a child, an adult, or a senior citizen, coughing does not escape anyone! Here are a few more explanations on the origins of coughing.
Coughing is a disorder of the ENT sphere, and is usually accompanied by other common symptoms such as fever, sore throat, or a blocked or runny nose. Coughing is often a sign that extra mucus is flowing from the nose into the throat. But it is also possible that this cough is a sign that a foreign body, entered through the nose, is present in the respiratory sphere.
And unfortunately, as you may have already noticed, coughing can be more prevalent at night. The reason for this is that the position in which we sleep, i.e. lying down, makes it difficult for our body to evacuate mucus. It could also be that the air in your room is not conducive to your sleep. Indeed, we often sleep in a room that is too hot and not well ventilated, which can aggravate nighttime coughing.
Of course, there are many causes for a night cough. You may have a viral infection (such as rhinopharyngitis, angina, laryngitis) or a bacterial infection (sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia). These infections cause a wet cough. On the other hand, when your cough is dry, it could be due to an allergy, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), a foreign body in the throat, or asthma.
Certain lifestyle habits, as well as certain medications, can create a cough. For example, beta-blockers, as well as active and passive smoking, can make you cough during the day and night.
When a cough lasts longer than three weeks, it may be a case of pertussis, which can be diagnosed with a serological test. Starting like a common cold, the cough turns into fits, with shaking and shortness of breath. This illness can last from 2 to 4 weeks. Other diseases can cause coughing episodes, such as: tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary embolism, pneumoconiosis, or pulmonary emphysema.
The different types of cough at night
There are different types of cough. In each case, we encourage you to consult a doctor if it becomes annoying or if it persists.
A wet cough
A wet cough is productive because it produces sputum (mucus). It is this mucus that tends to clog the airways. To cure a wet cough, it is possible to take expectorant medications (usually syrups) that will help thin the mucus.
Dry cough is an irritative cough. It is not accompanied by expectoration. This means that it is not accompanied by mucus. It is recommended to stop it quickly, by asking for the advice of a specialist. To find an effective solution, you can ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Dry or oily, these coughing fits are manifested by series. It is often recognized by the tickling it causes in the throat. Stress or increased anxiety can be the cause. Of course, viruses or diseases can also be the cause.
Also called chronic cough, it usually lasts more than three weeks. It can be caused by a cold, rhinitis, asthma, or GERD.
Amplified when lying down, nighttime coughing degrades sleep. It can be caused by a cold, acid reflux, rhinitis, or a runny nose in the back of the throat. To correct this, you can elevate your head while you sleep.
Soothing and curing coughs at night: solutions
Ways to avoid coughing at night
In order to relieve your night-time cough, or to stop it when it is due to the night-time environment, you can put in place some simple gestures.
Humidify your room
Sometimes aggravated by a too dry atmosphere, humidifying your room can help you get rid of your night cough. To do this, you can turn to commercially available devices, or place a basin of water near a radiator. You can also add moisture to your room by drying your laundry.
Elevate your head to sleep
Sleeping in a seated position, or with your head elevated, will help you to properly expel the secretions that cause coughing. You can do this by adding one or more pillows to your back or under your mattress.
Clean your nose frequently
This gesture will save you if you have a cold! We advise you to regularly clean your nose with saline solution or a solution based on sea water, to evacuate the mucus. You can also buy a Rhino Horn in a pharmacy, in order to carry out natural and effective cleansing.
Take a hot shower
What better way to limit bronchial irritation? Thanks to the vapors released during a hot shower, your respiratory tract will be a little better cleared. You can also hang a branch of eucalyptus in your shower to enjoy additional benefits.
Avoid airborne pollutants
In your room, we advise you not to smoke, use perfumes, aerosols, insecticides, or any other product that could attack your airways. We also encourage you to air out for 5 minutes twice a day to remove germs and renew the air.
Monitor the temperature of the room
Be careful not to turn up the air conditioning too high in your room! The same goes for heating, which also dries out the air and harms the ENT sphere.
Natural solutions to avoid coughing at night
To treat a wet cough, the essential oil of eucalyptus, Scots pine, green cypress or niaouli inhaled in a bowl of boiling water can save you from a catastrophic night! To do this, simply inhale deeply through your nose and exhale the vapors from the bowl through your mouth with a towel over your head. It is also possible to buy inhalers in pharmacies to make this process easier.
Drink herbal teas
Did you know that you should drink a lot when you have a cold? This will help flush out the germs when you urinate, and liquefy the mucus. But drinking certain herbal teas (such as chamomile, thyme, licorice, or marshmallow) will help relieve your cough before you go to sleep. Nettle leaf teas are also excellent for the ENT sphere. We advise you to inquire about the use of certain plants that may have contraindications.
To soothe a cough at night, we encourage you to turn to honey! A spoonful before going to sleep, and your throat will be more soothed. If your cough is oily, we recommend a thyme or eucalyptus honey. If your cough is dry, lavender honey will be perfect. You will be able to take it in an herbal tea, in hot milk, or with the spoon directly.
Manuka honey IAA18+ will also be perfect for treating ENT disorders (and many others). Known for its rare properties, this honey comes from the Manuka tree grown mainly in New Zealand. This honey has a high level of activity thanks to its methylglyoxal content. This honey will also keep your body in good shape, and help it fight against future infections.
Sleep with an onion by your bed
Thanks to the vapors released by the onion, your cough could be soothed during the night. To do this, place an onion in a dish and put it next to your pillow.
Opt for propolis
Known for its antiviral and antimicrobial properties, propolis is healing and anti-inflammatory. It acts as a natural antibiotic on your respiratory system! You can find it in the form of a spray in pharmacies, in capsules, in lozenges, or in syrup. Once your cough is calmed, you can also continue to take it for its preventive effects during the change of season.
Do not use if you are allergic to hive products.
Drink black radish juice
Often mixed with ginger and lemon to improve its taste, black radish juice is very effective in treating chronic coughs, wet coughs, dry coughs, and fatigue thanks to its sulfur content. It will also help you if you suffer from asthma, whooping cough, or bronchitis.
Reflexology is a technique of stimulation of a zone creating a nervous message to the brain. To relieve a coughing fit, a cold, or bronchitis, it is possible to massage the feet to relieve the lung area. To do this, massage the bulging area under the toes at the metatarsal level.
Make a mouthwash with baking soda
This natural mouthwash will help you defeat bacteria, yeast, viruses, and pollutants that may be potentially responsible for your cough. Use baking soda in warm water with salt as a gargle several times a day, especially before going to bed.
Treatments to avoid coughing at night
Effective in the case of productive coughs, they help to fluidify secretions. They will not stop the cough, but will relieve the bronchial tubes.
They act directly on the brain and are divided into two categories: antihistamine cough suppressants and opiate cough suppressants.
The former are recommended for dry coughs, and should preferably be taken in the evening because of their sedative effect. The latter can have side effects. We recommend that you discuss this with your doctor.
Lozenges and sprays
They can be effective as a preventive measure, when you feel discomfort in your throat. They may help prevent coughing afterwards...
To find out which medication is best for you, we recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor, or talk to a pharmacist. We also encourage you to consult a professional for real medical advice if you are not feeling well, or if symptoms persist beyond 4 days.
As you can see, coughs can be caused by a variety of factors. Hopefully, some of these solutions can help relieve your nighttime cough. To learn more about sleep, visit our journal! You can find lifestyle tips, decorating tips, culture tips, and more. You may be able to get a better understanding of why the moon affects your sleep, or you can pick up a couple of podcast names to help you beat your insomnia.
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