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10 ways to sleep well when you have a cold

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Today I want to get down to the practical even more than usual, to solve one of humanity’s greatest problems: falling asleep with a cold! There is nothing more hateful than (perhaps) the pebbles in a tight shoe.

And since Angelika often talks about sleep, I decided to do a little variation on the theme of the mind and talk about physical problems. And what problems!

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I don’t think the topic needs an introduction, the problem is so much felt. I was lucky this winter: I only had a short cold caused by a trip to Turkey, nothing else. But I’ll be more than happy to apply these tips next year.

1 – Use good old steam

Grandma’s advice (at least mine): take a pot, fill it with water and boil it. Then take it off the heat, place your face just above it and a piece of cloth (or whatever you get into your hand) to isolate yourself from the outside environment.

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The combination of steam and high temperatures is deadly for mucus, and after a few minutes you will feel alive again. Bonus advantage: the heat dilates the nostrils and the airways in general.

The feeling won’t last forever (that would be too good), so get into bed right after!

2 – Keep the room warm

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For some relief, try to keep your bedroom warm. Only when you sleep though: mild temperatures are ideal for viruses, which become more active and dangerous.

Which brings me to an additional piece of advice: Grandma’s remedy is not to go out in the cold when you have a cold. The truth is, you should do the opposite! She looks for the outdoors as much as possible so as not to always be among the unhealthy bacteria that you carry around.

3 – Take a hot shower

Or rather hot, if you like it as much as I like it.😉

Even better would be to take a bath (which is much more relaxing than a shower), but I understand that not everyone has half an hour to waste every night. In addition, I haven’t taken a bath for I don’t know how many years (excluding the pool), so it would be a bit of a contradiction.

The benefits of the shower are similar to those of boiling water fumes: heat and steam. Here the water in direct contact with the skin helps even more, because it significantly contributes to raising the surface temperature of the body.

4 – Are you taking medicine?

Antihistamines that are often taken to fight colds cause drowsiness, which is good at night but bad during the day. If you feel too tired even in the morning, then try to limit them a bit. The risk is to take naps during the day caused by too much fatigue, which will make it difficult to fall asleep when needed.

Bonus tip: Vitamin C is important, but you need to know how to get it. A tangerine is able to replenish vitamin stores, and if you eat more, the excess amount will be immediately cleared by the kidneys. The fact is that these maximum stocks run out very quickly: the ideal is to eat three mandarins (or oranges) a day: in the morning, afternoon and evening.

5 – Gargling with salt water

Creepy to think, I know, but imagine you are taking some medicine (which in terms of flavor are not the best).

This advice should be applied together with that of steam: if the high temperatures help to free the upper respiratory tract, water and salt are perfect for dissolving the phlegm trapped in the throat.

6 – Don’t trust nasal sprays too much

I am not saying that they are the absolute evil, but neither are they the panacea for all ills (of the cold).

These drugs help to decongest the nose, but they also tend to dry it out, giving you that typical annoying feeling. If your nose feels too dry and you are using a nasal spray, then abandon it in favor of the grandmother’s method (also called method 1).

7 – Use the nasal strips

They are the ones that athletes also use to breathe better. And if they work in sports to open the nostrils, why shouldn’t they work again?

8 – Menthol gel

I saw a lot of advertisements for these magical balms when I was little, then they all disappeared in one fell swoop (maybe because I stopped watching TV). Lately I have seen that they are reappearing, have you noticed that too?

Anyway. These chest spread gels work, and they work well. Plus they smell great!

This advice doesn’t work for everyone – some may not like the idea or the feel on their skin. To remove any doubts, experience it for yourself. I say it’s worth it.😉

9 – Do not raise your head

Are you used to sleeping with four bulky pillows? The bad news is that lifting your head tends to block your airways. Better not to use a pillow when you have a cold, but if you want to be professional, go even further: one of those four pillows put it under the mattress, lifting your chest.

Your airways will thank you!

10 – Sleep regularly

I have personally noticed that when I have a cold I sleep a lot less. Already on my own I sleep little (6-7 hours a night), if I reduce a little more I end up falling asleep before dinner.

If you’re sleepy, your body can’t handle your immune defenses properly, and you risk getting sick more easily (and staying sick longer). As always, take good care of your body.

11 (bonus!) – Stimulate your unconscious

This is advice to apply not only if you have a cold, but always.

Fighting the unpleasant sensation of a cold is not easy on a conscious level, you cannot concentrate and decide to fall asleep when the situation is critical. This is because you have an unpleasant sensation, your brain interprets it as a warning sign and you have a hard time falling asleep.

The only way to fight a signal from the unconscious is with another signal from the unconscious: remember that if the rational and irrational minds are in contrast, it is always the second to win. For this I suggest you take a look at my sounds for good sleep : they are a series of audio files that will relax you and give you the rest you have always dreamed of.

With this article I wanted to do an experiment: for the first time in almost two years Angelika is not talking about techniques to exploit the mind.

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