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Health Tip: Stave Off Cold Symptoms for Better Sleep
Suggested ways to get relief

By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- When you're sick with a cold, plenty of sleep may be just what you need. But a stuffy nose and cough can prevent you from getting your rest.

Here are suggestions to help you sleep while you battle a cold, courtesy of the National Sleep Foundation:

  • Sip on a warm mug of tea with honey to soothe a stuffy nose, sore throat or cough.
  • Enjoy a hot, steamy shower to help unclog nasal passages and relax you.
  • Run a humidifier. Make sure to change the water each day and clean the tank every couple of days to prevent mold.
  • Stack pillows in bed to stop mucous from collecting.
  • Take an over-the-counter cold medicine. Be sure to read ingredient labels carefully, and don't use more than one medication at a time.
  • Get out of bed if you can't sleep. Listen to soothing music or have a cup of tea, and head back to bed after 20 minutes.

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