Sore throats cause many sleepless nights all over the world. Whether it's just an itchy throat, nasal congestion, or a severe sore throat – the outcome's the same – you can't sleep.
However, there are quite a few things you could try to ease the persistent sore throat and aid in falling asleep.
Keep in mind, this is not professional medical advice, nor is this medically reviewed advice, but just a mere set of general tips to help you sleep and breathe easier.
Steam inhalation can reduce swelling and ease the pain of a sore throat. Whether you go for prescription inhalations or you just enjoy some peppermint, or eucalyptus tea steam is up to you and the severity of your throat soreness. Either way, both should provide sufficient relief and help you fall asleep.
Drinking cough syrup can calm sore throat that can cause coughing, and that can keep you awake at night – especially if you're dealing with a dry cough. A single tablespoon of cough syrup will go a long way in soothing your scratchy throat, allowing you to sleep through the night.
Runny nose and nasal congestion could cause throat pain. Sleeping on your side should be able to drain one of your congested nasal passages, allowing some level of pain relief and throat soothing. This is a common method of handling symptoms of a bacterial infection or the common cold.
Both hot and cold drinks could cause your throat to flare up and cause even more pain, coughing and general discomfort. Despite what many say, drinking hot water with lemon or hot tea will not act as a pain reliever. In fact, it will only make matters worse, so it's advisable that you stick only to warm beverages before bedtime.
Showering with hot water will not only relax your whole body and put you in the mood to sleep, but it will also help you soothe your throat and relieve congestion. A steamy shower is not a medical treatment, but it is one of the most common home remedies to relieve congestion, itchy throat, and other common flu symptoms.
If you manage to fall asleep – it's best that you stay that way. Therefore, we'd suggest putting your phone on silent to avoid any disturbances that would wake you up.
Sleeping at an incline could help ease congestion, sore throat, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other symptoms associated with a common cold that usually keep you up at night. Whether you sleep on an inclined bed or just a wedge pillow at the head of your bed is up to you, but if you're comfortable sleeping in this position – give it a try.
Dry air is not pleasant while you're dealing with throat issues, so using a steamer or a humidifier in your bedroom could help you breathe easier. Moist air is pleasant on the irritated tissues in your throat and nose, allowing you to fall and stay asleep. Just make sure you regularly clean your humidifier to avoid worsening your state and compromising your immune system with aerosol germs.
Dirty sheets are a breeding ground for common household allergens that could aggravate your state and ruin your sleep schedule. Therefore, we strongly urge you to keep your sheets and bedding fresh and clean. Change them every two days while dealing with sore throat or any other flu-like symptoms.
If nothing else works, cold medications, over the counter lozenges, throat sprays, and other pain relievers for an achy throat will probably help you ease the pain and fall asleep easier. Most of these meds will be readily available, but if you're already using any other medication, we suggest that you consult with your doctor first.
Apart from the previously mentioned methods, there are also some other “quick-relief” natural remedies that could help you deal with an upset throat, stomach acid reflux, and other flu-like symptoms that cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. So, let's check them out.
Mixing honey and warm tea is a common household remedy for an achy throat. According to some peer-reviewed studies, honey is more effective at calming persistent sore throat and coughing than some common over-the-counter medicaments.
Chamomile tea will put you to sleep whether you're sick or not. Its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent natural remedy for all kinds of flu-like symptoms. Also, while you're waiting for your tea to cool off, you may inhale chamomile tea steam to further soothe your aches.
Just like chamomile, peppermint tea is another common natural remedy used to treat an array of symptoms. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral, making it more than a suitable candidate to help you sleep better while you're sick or coming down with a cold.
Gargle warm salt water to ease congestion, loosen mucus and help soothe an aching throat to help you sleep better. Saltwater is generally considered one of the best home remedy replacements for nasal spray and will certainly help you drift away to the land of dreams.
Apple cider vinegar or ACV is known for treating many viral infections. Just like with salt and water, create a mixture of ACV and warm water and gargle with it. Also, don't be afraid to swallow a bit of it. Sipping ACV and warm water will help break down mucus and soothe an aching throat.
If you have a fever, swollen glands, and none of the above-mentioned practices don't seem to work or help, or if you have any of the following symptoms…
…you might suffer from strep throat.
If that's the case, treatment with antibiotics is necessary, and the aforementioned practices and methods won't do you much good on their own. At that point, going to the doctor is paramount. You'll need prescription medicine to go along with home remedies. With those combined, we're quite sure you'll be able to sleep through the night with no issues whatsoever.
So that's how to sleep with sore throat – if you have an alternative method that we haven't listed in here, please write us comments! We'll be more than happy to discuss it!