It might begin as a tickle or a twinge in your throat, but it quickly escalates to a hacking fit that keeps the rest of you awake when you try to fall asleep. This is not ideal.
There are many ways to stop your nighttime coughing (or any other time of the day).
Continue reading for 20+ doctor-recommended ways to stop your whoop as soon as possible. Information on nighttime coughs and why they occur.
What causes a cough?
A cough is somewhat like a love: you know when it feels good, but it can be difficult to define.
According to Liana Casusi (MD and consultant for Oh so Spotless), coughing is basically the body’s way to rid the lungs and airways from invaders. She explains that it is a reaction to irritants such as dust, smoke, polluting, or mucus entering the body.
Other respiratory infections that can cause coughs include whooping cough and croup.
She says that infections can lead to inflammation, which causes the body to thicken and increase the natural mucus. This extra mucus can lead to coughing.
She says that allergies and asthma can also lead to coughing, which is due to inflammation.
The following are other common causes:
- heart failure
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Airway infections
- lung disease
- Vocal cord damage
- Sleep Apnea
Two common conditions in people who smoke are chronic lung disease and emphysema. These can lead to coughing from the destruction of lung tissue.
How to stop coughing
It’s obvious that if you are coughing, you probably don’t want anymore. Coughing can be loud, uncomfy and painful.
Casusi says that coughing is a natural way for the body to eliminate foreign substances from the airways. It is therefore not recommended to stop it. It makes sense.
Here are 19 ways to treat the root cause of your cough.
1. Avoid allergens
Although it is not Captain Obvious, you should avoid allergens if you have any allergies.
Casusi says that pollen and dust are the most common allergens that can cause coughing.
You might consult an allergist if you are unsure if you have an allergy to something. Or, try an at home allergy test.
2. Get rid of all dust in your home
You would be wise to avoid common allergens like dust, mites and pollen in your home.
Casusi says, “Change your curtains and sheets often to avoid collecting those irritating irritants around your house.”
She also suggests that you be careful about cleaning carpets, rugs, or stuffed toys.
3. To allergyproof your bedroom, use air filters
Unfortunately, a nightly cough can’t be stopped by regularly washing your baby blanket and lines.
A HEPA filter is also a good choice to miteproof your bedroom.
You can also mite-proof your bedroom with these other strategies:
- To reduce or prevent dust mites, use allergy covers on pillows , duvets , mattresses, box springs and pillow cases .
- Once a week, wash your bedding in hot water.
- Pets shouldn’t be allowed to sleep on or in your bedroom.
4. Asthma management
Asthma can cause the airways to narrow and become inflamed. Dry cough is common in asthma.
Consult a doctor if your cough is dry or if you have difficulty breathing. To treat your asthma, you may need to use a prescription inhaler.
5. Shut down windows
Casusi says, “Especially during allergy season you want your windows to be closed at night.”
This will prevent more pollen, dust, or mites from entering your space.
6. Avoid polluted places whenever possible
Casusi says that coughing is caused by the body clearing out the airways following or during pollution exposure.
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7. Have GERD? You have GERD?
GERD, a chronic acid reflux disease, is a common cause for nighttime coughing.
Talk to a healthcare professional if you experience chest pain that gets worse after eating or lying down. This is the most common symptom of GERD.
To calm symptoms of GERD, there are a few things that people can do.
Casusi says, “First and foremost, you should take your medication and avoid eating foods that can trigger your symptoms.” If you aren’t sure, you might keep a food journal.
8. Adjust your bed
Lying down can make it easier for stomach acid backflow into your esophagus. It is best to wait at most 2.5 hours before you lay down. It may also help to raise your bed’s head 6-8 inches.
People with GERD can also benefit from sleep at an incline. Nearly everyone can.
When you lie down, it is easier for irritants in your throat to reach your throat and trigger coughing.
You can raise your head by putting some pillows on top. You can also invest in an adjustable mattress if you feel fancy or want to find a reason to buy a new mattress.
9. Get rid of cockroaches
Cockroaches can be a real menace. They are also common causes of coughs. Ugh.
Coughing, as well as other allergies, may be caused by the saliva, feces and body parts that cockroaches produce.
You can prevent cockroaches from entering your home with these tips:
- Keep food containers sealed to keep them from being eaten by cockroaches.
- Remove piles of magazines and newspapers that attract dust.
- To eliminate severe cockroach infestations, you can use an exterminator
10. Use a humidifier
Warm, dry air can dry your throat and cause you to have more frequent coughing fits. This is why many people experience a worsening cough when they turn on the heat in winter.
A humidifier which produces cool mist can be used to keep your bedroom and throat moist.
11. Sinus infection treatment is recommended
Are you feeling like the Booger Monster Sinus infection could be a possibility.
Sinus infections can lead to postnasal drainage, especially if you are lying down. This can cause a tickling sensation in your throat that causes coughing.
A healthcare professional can prescribe antibiotics to treat your sinus infection. This will stop the drip and accompanying cough.
12. Make use of a neti pot
A neti pot can help, regardless of whether you have a severe sinus infection or a mild schnoz.
These tiny devices are designed to clean your sinuses. What is the result? There is less postnasal drip.
13. Honey is good for you
Casusi says that honey can be helpful in loosening mucus in the throat by being taken 2 to 3 times a day before bed.
You can also add 2 teaspoons honey to a cup of caffeine-free tea such as herbal tea.
A friendly reminder: Honey should not be given to children under 1 year old.
14. Drink lemon juice
According to Casusi, sipping water mixed with lemon juice may help people who don’t have gastroesophageal acid reflux. Because the lemon’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a good choice.
You can make a hot drink with honey, lemon juice, ginger and warm water if you feel like Julia Child.
15. Enjoy a slice of pineapple
“Some studiesTrusted source suggest that bromelain (an enzyme found in pineapples) can thin mucus and suppress the cough,” states Casusi.
(No, you can’t eat pineapple cake right before bed).
16. Salt water: Gargle
Casusi says that gargling with a saltwater remedy can clear out your airway congestion. This will make it easier for people with allergies and asthma to cough less.
Mix 1/2 teaspoon in 8 ounces warm water. Swish-swish, spit away!
17. Use decongestants to combat a cold
Common cold symptoms can cause coughs.
A cold can be treated with rest, chicken soup, fluids and time.
If your cough is severe, you may consider a cough medicine for children and adults older than 6. Postnasal drip sprays can be used by adults and children over 6 years.
18. You can also try an over-the-counter drug
Casusi says that OTC cough remedies can be used to treat coughs in a variety of ways. “Suppressants reduce the urge to cough, while expectorants thin the mucus and make it more manageable to hack up,” says Casusi.
You might want to consider OTC medications depending on how your cough is.
19. Get your flu shot
Yes, the flu can make you cough.
Casusi suggests that you get your annual flu shot if you want to avoid a hackathon.
She says, “You will also need to update any other vaccinations you may have.”
20. Stop smoking
Chronic cough is a side effect of long-term tobacco use.
Although it is not an immediate fix, quitting smoking will improve your health and your ability to cough.
Discuss with your healthcare professional the possibility of a program to help you kick this habit.
What causes nighttime coughing
Many of the same things that can cause a nighttime cough are also responsible for causing a daytime cough.
The position one takes while sleeping, stagnancy and quality in the bedroom air, as well as exposure to lint and dust from the bedding, can all contribute to PM coughing.
There are many lifestyle and treatment options that can be used to alleviate or prevent nighttime snoring, regardless of the cause. Including:
- Reclining on pillows
- inclining your mattress
- Turn on your humidifier
- Washing bedding
- Keep windows closed
- Prescription or OTC medication
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What to Do if you have severe cough
The good news is that most coughs disappear on their own. Eliana Rose MD, an internal medicine specialist, says that most coughs disappear within a few days.
However, severe nighttime coughing may be indicative of a more serious condition.
Chronic nighttime coughing can be a sign of heart disease, along with respiratory illnesses like COPD, bronchitis and pneumonia.
Severe coughs are less common due to blood clots or lung cancer.
Casusi’s recommendation is to consult a doctor if you have a persistent cough for more than 3 weeks, if you feel your coughing is getting worse, or if you notice your coughing becoming more severe or bloody.
How to visit a doctor or another healthcare professional
If you have a cough or, it is important to seek medical attention.
- A fever above 100°F (38@C), or higher
- Breathing difficulty
- Swelling in the legs, ankles or abdomen
- chest pains
Rose adds that if your symptoms persist or your sleep cycles are disrupted by your cough, you should consult your doctor.
A friendly reminder: Please follow the treatment plan if you are referred to the doctor for diagnosis of an underlying condition.
Casusi says that depending on the source of infection, patients may be given antibiotics or supportive treatment. To avoid future problems due to bacterial resistance, you must complete all antibiotic treatments.
She adds, “Be sure to drink lots of water and stay hydrated while on medication.” If you think your medication is making your cough worse, consult a healthcare professional. ).