How to Sleep Better When You’re Sick
Often times, trying to sleep when you’re feeling bad feels impossible. Everyone knows you need as much sleep as possible when you catch a cold or other common illness, but the symptoms of the flu or a stomach bug can make it hard to get the rest you need, therefore prolonging your illness and making it harder to break out of the cycle. Get the healing you need and try these five tips the next time you’re feeling under the weather. They will definitely help you sleep better when you’re sick.
1. Angle Yourself Upright
Any time you’re experiencing congestion in your sinuses and chest, gastric upset, and other upper body symptoms, sitting partially upright to sleep can make a world of difference. Raising yourself up with supportive memory foam wedges and pillows encourages your sinuses to drain and can reduce nausea and vomiting.
2. Eat as Much as Possible
It’s difficult to keep your appetite with no sense of smell or an upset stomach, but eating a large meal can help you fall asleep when you’re sick. Try a large bowl of soup or at least a few mugs of hot tea and broths to trigger your body’s natural sleep cycles. The food also keeps your immune system supplied for the fight against the invading viruses or bacteria.
3. Humidify the Room
If you’re running an air conditioner or heater in your home, the air is likely a little drier than your sinuses would like while you’re sick. Using a one-room humidifier saves you from taking trips to the shower throughout the night if you have dry inflammation and congestion interrupting your sleep.
4. Time Your Medication
Whether you’re taking natural remedies, over the counter cold and flu medication, or prescriptions from the doctor, try to time them so they kick in when you’re about to fall asleep. Many treatments cause drowsiness as a side effect, so using that natural sleepiness to fall asleep is always helpful. Fighting that urge because you took your dose with dinner instead of before bed can make it harder to fall asleep later as well. Make sure nothing you take acts as a stimulant and look for PM or Nighttime versions of your favorite over the counter remedies.
5. Move into the Guest Room
Sleeping alone helps both you and your family members. You don’t want to wake your spouse with sniffling and coughing, but blowing your nose can help you fall asleep quickly without the annoyance of congestion. Moving into another room while you’re sick allows you to do whatever’s necessary for good rest without bothering anyone else.