We've all been there. You've felt fine all day, but as soon as your head hits the pillow...BAM! Your nose has transformed into a dripping tap and even breathing is a struggle.
Check out our 7 top tips for falling (and staying!) asleep when you've got a cold.
There's nothing worse than struggling to drift off because you feel all bunged up. Raising the level of your head while you sleep can really help to solve this problem by draining your sinuses. Adding a few more pillows under your head may seem like a good idea, but this can force your neck to be at an uncomfortable angle, causing pain the following day. Instead, try putting a few large books underneath your mattress. This should raise your body from the waist up, rather than just raising your neck.
You’ll probably need some sort of decongestant or flu medication before bed. But beware; many of these kinds of medications contain caffeine or other stimulants. That’s great during the day when you’re feeling run down and nee a pick-me-up, but taking them too close to bedtime can really disrupt your sleep. Try to avoid any caffeinated drinks or medications after 3 or 4pm and opt for a special night-time cold and flu medication that will make you drowsy.
It's natural for most of us to breathe through our noses while we sleep, but this can be almost impossible if you're full of cold. Nasal sprays are a great way to decongest your nasal passages when you’re all bunged up, helping you to breathe more easily throughout the night. Many of these sprays contain stimulants, so many end up having a negative impact on your sleep. Snoreeze Nasal Spray is made from natural ingredients. So, while it still decongests your nasal passages effectively, it won’t keep you awake at night.
Repeatedly blowing your nose can irritate the skin on your face and leave you with a headache. Having a hot shower or bath can help to clear your sinuses before bed. Placing a bowl of water on the radiator overnight can help to keep the room humid, stopping your throat from drying out and hopefully easing your tickly cough.
We mean nasal strips, of course! These little beauties work wonders when you’re struggling to breathe through your nose. You apply one to the top of your nose and it works by holding your nostrils open to help the air get through. Snoreeze Nasal Strips are hypoallergenic, latex free, and come in two different sizes. They’re great because you can safely use them in combination with nasal sprays or decongestant medications.
It’s difficult to sleep if your room is the wrong temperature, or if you have thin curtains letting outside light in. Try and create a space that is perfect for sleep. Get rid of all sources of light. The darker your room is, the better. Banish all gadgets, making sure to not look at any devices like smartphones or tablets just before bed as the blue light they emit has been proven to disrupt sleep.
Sleeping on your back can also increase your chances of snoring; something many people find themselves doing when suffering from a cold. Try sleeping on your side instead. If you're a natural back-sleeper, prop yourself up with a few pillows to make sure you don't roll back during the night. (You might want to put a tissue or hand towel under your face to catch any mucus throughout the night...YUM!)
It's estimated that 25% of the UK population suffer from hay fever. When you're all bunged up and your eyes are itchy, it's hard to get the sleep you need.
Here are our 5 top tips for making sure you don't lose sleep over hay fever this year.
Pollen is sticky and can stay in your hair until washed out properly. The last thing you want is to get pollen on your pillow and end up having an allergy attack in the middle of the night. Pollen can also stay on your clothes for hours after you have been outside. Shower before bed to remove any pollen from your skin, and get dressed in the bathroom so that pollen from your clothes doesn't contaminate your bedroom.
Vaccuum to remove any pollen that has settled on the floor or in your carpet. Using a damp cloth when you dust will also help to make sure that dust and pollen cling to the cloth, rather than just being spread around. It's tempting to leave your bedroom windows open during the summer, but try to leave them closed during the day when the pollen count is highest.
The summer months are great for being able to get your laundry washed and dried quickly. But hanging your bedding out when the pollen count is high could prove to be a silly mistake. Try drying your bedding on a clothes horse indoors. It takes a little longer, but it should reduce the amount of pollen on the sheets and put an end to your night-time sneezing fits.
Many people believe that eating locally-produced honey can help to reduce hay fever symptoms*. The theory is that the pollen contained in the honey will help to build up your immunity to the allergens around you. And let's face it, even if this method hasn't been fully backed by clinical trials just yet, it's a solution that's tasty to try!
Recent studies show links between certain hay fever medications and conditions such as Alzheimers** - prompting people to turn to more natural remedies as a solution for their runny, blocked noses. Pollen allergies can cause your nasal passages to become inflamed and swollen, making it hard for you to breathe through your nose. As well as making it hard for you to fall asleep, this congestion limits airflow, increasing air turbulence and making you more likely to snore. The natural ingredients in Snoreeze Nasal Spray help to decongest your nasal passages, meaning that you can breathe easily again - and the great news is, it's safe to use every night!
As freezing temperatures are forecast to continue into the weekend, the UK is wrapping-up to stay warm in the run up to Christmas. For many of us, we’ve already received our first surprise gift of the festive season… a cold!
Well, a lot more than you may think. A typical symptom of the common cold is a nasal congestion. This can cause obstruction of the nasal passages, forcing you to breathe through your mouth which can lead to snoring.
Nasal irritation often increases during the night which can further increase the impact that a blocked nose can have on snoring.
This video by NHS Choices provides some useful information on how to prevent contracting a virus.
For those of you who are unlucky enough to catch a cold, try using Snoreeze Nasal Spray or Snoreeze Nasal Strips to relieve nasal congestion.