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How Do I Sleep With a Stuffy Nose?

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You're sick and tired, and now your stuffy nose is keeping you from getting the rest you need. You don't have to simply sigh and bear it, though.

How to Reduce a Stuffy Nose at Night

  1. Undress for bed in another room so that the pollen that has accumulated on your clothes doesn't contaminate your bedroom.

  2. If your pets go outside, ban them from the bedroom during allergy season as they will also be pollen-carriers.

  3. Keep your bedroom as clean as possible. Dust, and the dust mites who love it, can also trigger allergic reactions.

  4. Wash bedding and clothes in hot water to remove all traces of allergens and dust.

  5. Invest in a HEPA air filter to trap dust mites, mold spores, pollen and pet dander which can contribute to and exacerbate allergies and asthma. HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance and meets certain standards for cleaner air.

How to Treat a Stuffy Nose at Bedtime

  1. If your stuffy nose is allergy-related, rinse your hair or take a shower before you get in bed at night so that you're not transferring any pollen that settled in your hair onto your bed.

  2. Use a neti-pot to clear out your nasal passages. This personal hygiene device resembles a gravy boat. It's filled with salt water, then poured into your nose, flushing out mucus and other debris from the nose and sinuses. An over-the-counter saline spray works in a similar fashion.

  3. Raise your head. The elevated head position from a FlexFit smart adjustable can help the mucus drain from nasal and sinus cavities.

  4. Buy a humidifier. Low humidity can dry out both your surroundings and your nasal passages, making it even more difficult to breathe. Run the humidifier at night to add moisture to the air but clean it well during the daytime to avoid bacteria growth.

  5. Use nasal strips. Well-known for snorers, nasal strips can also help ease congestion so you can both breathe and sleep better.

As a last resort, try an antihistamine. But a dose of common sense before that, should go a long way to opening your stuffy nose and promoting a good night's sleep.

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