- Adjust your sleep schedule and give your body as much rest as it needs.
- Take nighttime cold/flu medicine to help alleviate coughing and other cold and flu symptoms.
- Consider using a humidifier or nasal decongestant—they could help you breathe more freely as you sleep.1
How to sleep with a cold: The do's & don'ts
Cold and flu symptoms can make it tough to get a good night’s rest, which is unfortunate because often, getting a restful night’s sleep is just what you need to feel better tomorrow.
When you’re ill, the effects of little to no sleep are magnified, and can make cold and flu symptoms like runny nose and dry cough feel worse. Giving your body as much rest as it needs is important to help your immune system fight off cold and flu infection. Try these smart DOs and DON’Ts that can make sleeping with a cold easier – so you get the sleep your body craves.
THE SICK SLEEPING ENVIRONMENT DO’S
YOUR SICK SLEEPING ENVIRONMENT DON’TS
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