Use a humidifier
A cough can worsen with dry air,114 which can result from heating systems in the winter and cooling fans or air conditioning in the summer. Using a humidifier at night will:
Be cautious about the humidity level, though, because too much moisture will promote the growth of mold – an allergen that triggers coughing. Aim for a humidity level of 50%114 in your bedroom. You can use a hygrometer to measure your room’s moisture level.
Get rid of allergens
As mentioned earlier, allergens like mold, dust, and pet dander can trigger allergic reactions. Common symptoms of allergies include stuffiness, sneezing, and coughing.
Remove these allergens from your home by:
Cleaning your bedroom regularly116
Washing your beddings weekly
Removing things that attract dust, such as books, magazines, and trinkets
Taking a shower before sleeping, especially if you’ve been outdoors
Drink hot honey and lemon
A sip of hot honey118 and lemon before going to bed is highly recommended because:
It can reduce throat irritation and loosen mucus.114
It has antibacterial properties, particularly the honey content.116
It can relieve a sore throat.
It can boost your immunity due to the high vitamin C content of lemon juice.116
Alternatively, you can gargle with salt water121 as this can also ease an irritated or sore throat. You can add a half teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water. Gargle this solution before going to bed to suppress coughing.
Elevate your head
If you are used to lying flat on your back in bed, consider elevating your head to:
Use several pillows117, 118 or a back wedge to keep your head elevated while sleeping.
Consider over-the-counter cough medicines
If coughing prevents you from having a good night’s rest, consider taking cough medicines like expectorants and cough suppressants. Chesty cough medicine works by making the mucus thin so you can easily cough it out, while the latter works by blocking the cough reflex.117
Mucosolvan chesty cough syrup can provide cough relief for up to 12 hours. It works by:
Loosening the mucus
Clearing your airways
Protecting your lungs
But if you want a dose that offers 24-hour cough relief, try our Mucosolvan LA capsules. With its micro-pearls, this medicine works quickly and lasts throughout the day.