That scratchy, irritating feeling at the back of your throat while you're attempting to rest can appear for a number of reasons: the initial symptoms of a cold or flu, sinusitis caused by allergies, or a symptom of bronchitis. A dry cough also can be caused by a lack of moisture in your home.
Things You'll Need
- Cold medication
- Prescription antibiotics
- Extra pillows
- Cough suppressant drops
Turn on your humidifier in the evening. Dry air in the bedroom can cause coughing while you sleep. Purchase a cool air humidifier; heat humidifiers can cause scalding if tipped over.
Use cold medication as directed. Cold and flu medication often contains an expectorant that thins the mucus, which aids in clearing mucus from your airways, according to FamilyDoctor.org. Always follow the dosage directions to avoid overdosing and reduce possible unpleasant side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation or headache.
If your coughing is caused by a sinus infection, see your doctor for a prescription for antibiotics to relieve your discomfort. A sinus infection causes your nasal passage to become inflamed, which leads to facial pain, congestion and coughing from mucus build-up. Antibiotics usually are prescribed to kill the infection and alleviate symptoms. Antibiotic regimens usually last for five to seven days; all the pills should be taken as directed to avoid re-infection or bacteria resistance.
Prop your head up at night. Mucus could be resting on your vocal cords, which causes coughing while you sleep. Propping yourself up at night you can reduce coughing, according to "Allergies and Asthma for Dummies."
Use cough drops, also known as throat lozenges, which can prevent your throat from becoming dry and help you sleep comfortably. Throat lozenges can be found at most convenience and drug stores, and don't require a prescription. Use them as directed on the package; over-using cough drops can cause upset stomach.
Tips & Warnings
- Antibiotics can cause side effects, including constipation, nausea, skin rash, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, dizziness or vaginal discharge.
- Allergies and Asthma for Dummies; William E. Berger, M.D.; April 2000
- Chronic Sinusitis: Mayo Clinic
- Cough Medicine: Understanding Your OTC Options; FamilyDoctor.og