How to Get Your Sleep When Sick
By Donna Stark
It's inevitable. Even if it's not during the cold and flu season, you will inevitably get sick at some point during the year. It could be the common cold, a sinus infection, or even really bad allergies that keep you in bed all day, but whatever the reason, always remember there are things you can do to help you feel better. And some of the most important things to do are the ones that will help you get the sleep your body needs.
Take a look at the following suggestions from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic that are sure to make a difference in how much rest you get while feeling under the weather.
Elevate Your Head
Elevating your head when you are super congested can help you breathe better which, in turn, will help you get the sleep you need. To do this, you can either prop a few pillows on top of each other, purchase a wedge pillow, or sleep on an adjustable mattress. You'll be amazed at how well it works.
Keep Your Room Cool
It is better to sleep in a cool room under extra blankets than it is to sleep in warmer temperatures. Even if you have chills, don't turn your room into a furnace. A hot room can easily and quickly become very uncomfortable and may even contribute to your stuffiness. Try to maintain a temperature between 65 and 68 degrees.
Take a Hot Shower
Taking a hot shower before you go to bed is a great way to relax your muscles, loosen up congestion, and ease your aches and pains. Don't forget your shower steamers though! If you don't have them at home already, send a loved one to the store to pick some up. They can be found in the pharmacy section and are so easy to use! Just open one up and throw it on the floor of your shower.
Keep Supplies by Your Bed
There is nothing worse than having to get out of bed in the middle of the night for a glass of water or some tissues. Keep your rest steady by setting up a mini-pharmacy right next to your bed. Try to include everything you think you will need, such as tissues, sore throat lozenges, water, nighttime cough medicine, and fever reducers.
The Road to Good Health
You can reduce the amount of time you aren't feeling well by following the suggestions above, but if you feel like you aren't getting any better, by all means, head on in to see your primary care doctor! You certainly don't want things to get worse!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brea, Calif.