Sleeping With A Flu
Like it’s not enough that the flu is tormenting you whole day long, you are stuck with this annoying thing even when you want to get some much-needed sleep! Sleeping with a flu can be very frustrating, so we decided to give you some advice and hopefully help you get some rest during flu season.
Trying to fall asleep when you are coughing, sneezing and your nose is constantly running is certainly not an easy thing. Luckily, experts have to offer much useful and great advice on that matter! We have listed them all just for you. So, let’s see how you can catch some sleep when having the flu
Use nose drops and elevate your pillow
The first thing you should try to better your sleep when having the flu is taking the nose drops and using an extra pillow to elevate your head. Nose drops will help your breathing and hopefully, your sinuses won’t be messing with you during the night. Also, you should use the gravity to ease your breathing overnight. Use a bigger pillow, or simply add an extra pillow on top. This way your head will be elevated and you can fall asleep easier.
Try inhalation and/or use a humidifier
These are the classic tricks for getting some relief when you have problems with sinuses or a cough. Luckily, these tricks actually work pretty well! When you have the flu, your nostrils get dry and irritated and your airways blocked. Humidity and warm air can help you a lot with unblocking your airways. These tricks can bring you much wanted relief and ease the flu symptoms. Ask your physician about inhalation methods for the best results!
Before going to sleep, eat a light, warm meal
Eating a healthy, warm soup can help you fall asleep when dealing with the flu. First, the warm soup, same as hot tea or warm milk, will bring some relief to your poor sinuses. Secondly, light warm meals such as a soup can make you feel drowsy. So, this is a win-win situation. Choose a healthy vegetable soup to boost your immunity.
Don't overstimulate your brain
Try a relaxing meditation
This is something that might just help you the most. Use your breathing to relax, both body and mind. So, the technique goes like this:
- Breathe in deeply (as much as you can)
- Hold your breath (try to hold it longer but don’t make it uncomfortable)
- Exhale deeply (again, as much as you can).
For best results try to maintain discipline concerning the duration of this three breathing stages. Count if it’s easier for you. Do a test before using this technique to see how many seconds of inhaling is comfortable for you. Try, let’s say, five seconds of inhaling, the same for holding and a bit more for exhaling. When you find your magic number, start with relaxation!
For this relaxation technique, the position of the tongue is very important. Stick your tongue to your upper palate and breathe just through your nostrils!
One extra tip
Try to imagine your body relaxing while doing this. Start with visualizing that your toes are completely relaxed, then your feet, then your legs than your abdomen and so on. This visualization will help you to get rid of all of the tension from your body. When you are completely relaxed you can start visualizing yourself gently floating on waves, swinging in the hammock or lying on the beach while the waves are touching your feet. These are just some suggestions, you can imagine something different if that is the thing that you associate with the relaxation the most. The point of this visualization is to imagine the thing that is the most pleasing and relaxing for you.
Adjust the room temperature
Imagine a peaceful place or a pleasant story
This is also an interesting technique that works quite well. When you get to bed try to imagine that you are in the place where you like to be the most, or, the place where you would want to go. What is special about that place? What is so pleasing about it? What are you doing there? Try to think about all of these things and develop a relaxing scenario in your mind.
Also, you can do a similar thing with imagining a story. What would you like to do? Where would you like to go? What are your aims? Try to imagine that you have accomplished these things and that you are now enjoying them. This way you will ease your mind and hopefully redirect your thoughts a bit from the annoying flu.
Take a nice, warm bath
Certainly, one of the best things that you can do for you when trying to fall asleep is taking a nice, hot bath. This is especially good if you have the flu because warm bath can also bring some relief to your nostrils and airways in general.
Although this is a great relaxation technique, be careful with it if your flu is followed by complications or fever. A warm bath and high temperature sometimes are not a good combination! So, if you just have a light flu, go ahead with the relaxing, warm bath. But, if you have a serious fever, ask your physician for advice first.
Signal your brain that you are preparing for sleep
Make a ritual before going to sleep, something like a combination of all things that we mentioned above. Take a bath, drink a warm tea, take your drops, relax with breathing and pleasant visualizations. Do this every night, make a habit out of it. Pretty quickly, your brain will realize that all of those steps are signals that you are preparing for sleep.
When having an annoying, boring flu you deserve pampering more than ever. Use your most comfortable pillow, your nicest sheets, the best scents for your bath, and all the other things that make you feel pleased and relaxed. This can help your mind to deal with the stress of flu, fever and exhaustion.
You can always ask your doctor for sleeping pills if absolutely nothing else works...
Now, we’ve left this one for the end because we strongly believe that this “technique” should be used only if everything else fails and you are left with no other choice. Even when struggling with the flu, you can relax your mind and body enough to fall asleep in a natural way. But, if your problems with sinuses, pain, stress or fever are simply too big and you just can’t fall asleep no matter what you try, then, ask your doctor about prescribing you some sleeping pills. After all, if you have the flu, a long, healthy sleep is of vital importance for your fast recovery.