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Don’t want to Sleep with a Stuffy Nose? 5 Easy Tips To Help You Sleep Better

Don’t want to Sleep with a Stuffy Nose? 5 Easy Tips To Help You Sleep Better

A stuffy nose is keeping you awake. You toss and turn, trying to find a comfortable position where you can breathe. You need some quick ideas to help get you through the night.

Here are 5 handpicked easy and simple ways to help you sleep with a stuffy nose:

1. Steam It Up

Steam can be quite beneficial for a stuffy nose. [1] A small bathroom is a perfect place to set up a mini-sauna. Turn on the shower with the water at it’s hottest setting until the room completely fills with steam. The moist environment will hydrate and soften the stubborn mucus making it easier to breathe, bringing you some relief. Steam is a great decongestant.

If you have access to a vaporizer, setting it up with a drop or two of eucalyptus oil [2]will work to open nasal passages. Unfortunately, not all of us have a vaporizer waiting in the wings. In that case, simply use a pot of boiling water with a towel drape. Use caution anytime you are working with hot liquids and keep your face well above the water. Drape a towel over your head creating a tent to trap the rising steam and take slow even breaths.

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2. Raise your head, sleep with an extra pillow

Remember that gravity can work for you when you have a stuffy nose. By keeping your head slightly elevated [3]the nasal passages have a chance to drain naturally.

An extra pillow can lift your head enough to ease the pressure, letting you breathe a little easier. Sitting upright in a comfy armchair or recliner works in much the same way by allowing gravity to help drain your clogged sinuses. Caution is advised when sleeping on your back as the mucus could cause a choking reaction.

3. Sip Hot, Unsweetened Tea

A proper level of hydration is good advice for any ailment and good practice in general. A Dutch study [4]shows a correlation between dehydration and an increase in histamine production, resulting in allergy-type symptoms. Increasing your fluid intake helps to thin mucus, which lets your nasal passages start to drain. Clear liquids and juices are best, avoid dairy and dairy substitutes as they have been shown to increase mucus production.

Hot tea with honey and lemon is a great choice. The benefits of Vitamin C to alleviate a cold have been hotly debated lately, but the soothing pairing of lemon and honey and the moisturizing steam makes this a top remedy for many.

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Another tasty hydration option is an herbal tea of chamomile and peppermint. This refreshing tea can help ease your stuffiness with the peppermint and chamomile has been used for years to relax and drift off to sleep.

Bonus tip: Why not sip your tea while enjoying the benefits of the mini-sauna you created in the bathroom. The added stream plus the soothing effects of the tea may have you unstuffed and off to sleep in record time.

4. Chicken soup

Take your mother’s advice and opt for a hot cup of chicken soup. According to a recent report, there are a number of beneficial ingredients contained in a humble cup of this soup.

Science has confirmed chicken soup’s ability to ease some symptoms of the common cold and may also have mild anti-inflammatory properties that help fight off upper respiratory infections. Additionally, the steam rising from the surface moistens the nasal passages helping them to clear. Chicken soup really is a win-win.

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5. Set Up A Humidifier In Your Bedroom

Humidifiers work by adding moisture back into the air. A problem with a winter cold is that by heating your house, you remove moisture content from the air. This is the reason you experience static electricity during the winter months. The humidifier will add back that moisture and as we’ve already discussed, that helps to soften and unblock the mucus that is keeping you from sleep.

Try A Neti Pot

Ayurveda, the medicine of ancient India, suggests a neti pot which is a nasal flush with a mild saline solution.

Warm salt water is passed through one nostril to exit from the other, irrigating the nasal passages and flushing out excess mucus. Some caution is in order though, so be sure to use filtered water and ensure the neti pot is clean.

Usually, the purchased neti pot comes with pre-portioned saline solution packets, but if you are making your own saline solutions, it would be better to add in one-quarter teaspoon of non-iodized salt for every 8 ounces of water.  Don’t overuse this method as it may decrease effectiveness.

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Since the neti pot’s popularity has seen such a rapid growth in the last few years, several enterprising companies have come up with more convenient options such as saline nasal sprays and salt inhalers. Check with your doctor to make sure these are safe for you to use.

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Reference

[1] http://www.emaxhealth.com/11400/11-natural-remedies-sinus-congestion-and-stuffy-nose
[2] https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/methods-of-application/
[3] http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/cold-relief-6-sleep-tips-to-help-you-breathe-easier#1
[4] http://press.endocrine.org/doi/10.1210/endo.136.5.7720668

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How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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