It can the worst situation.
You’re suffering with the flu or a common cold, and you can’t sleep at all.
Despite sleep being the most important factor of recovery, getting the rest that you need can be tricky when your sinuses are blocked, your head is hurting or your stomach is aching.
Check out these tips here for getting the sleep that you need when you’re feeling under the weather.
PROP YOURSELF UP
Sinus pressure can be alleviated when your head is lifted, especially when you’re dozing.
A great idea can be to prop yourself up with pillows when you head to bed, this stops your nose from becoming blocked and can prevent painful morning headaches caused by sinus pressure.
CONSUME SOMETHING HOT!
One of the main difficulties faced by people sleeping through illness can be irritation at the back of their mouth as they doze.
This irritation can cause coughing and sneezing throughout the night.
A great way to avoid this is to have a hot drink before sleep, this soothes your throat and allows you to fall to sleep before you start coughing. Hot honey and lemon water can be the perfect choice!
Having a steaming mug under your face can also help to unblock your sinuses!
Have a bath
A great idea for fighting off any cold before heading to bed is to have a hot, comforting bath before getting under the sheets.
The hot steam from a bath can be a great way to clear out your sinuses, whilst the soothing heat can be perfect for inducing sleep, especially if you include some lavender oil or relaxing bubble bath!
Sleep is the best time for your body to rest and recover.
Taking cold and flu medicine or just simple paracetamol before you rest can help your body to further repair and rejuvenate.
Top tip: avoid the cold and flu medicine with caffeine in!
Yes, alcohol can definitely make you drowsy, but it can also cause you to wake during the night and can actually impact your sleep quality.
Alcohol can also dehydrate your body, which is not ideal when you’re recovering from a cold!
When you’re ill, it might be the best idea to sleep in a separate room to your partner, this can be ideal for avoiding cross contamination and from stopping your cold from spreading!
Sleeping separately might also be great for letting your partner sleep without your coughing and sneezing.
INVEST IN A HUMIDIFIER
Invest in a humidifier!
They don’t cost much and can be perfect for encouraging a great nights’ sleep!
Just drop a few essential oils in such as tea tree for unblocking your sinuses and lavender for encouraging sleep and you’ll be drifting off in no time.