Tips for getting to sleep when you have a cold or the flu

Tips for getting to sleep when you have a cold or the flu

During winter, as the days get shorter and nights get colder, we are more likely to catch a cold. But do you know that your winter cold is affecting your quality of sleep?

Sleep is an important part of our restoration cycle and not getting the recommended amount of sleep can impact your day to day life.

Over 65’s, pregnant women and young children are most likely to catch a cold during the winter months, according to NHS research, but that doesn’t mean you are less likely to catch one as there are many different types floating around.

Colds spread most easily through groups in close contact, like families. A number of different viruses can cause a cold, so it’s possible to have several colds one after the other, as each one may be caused by a different virus.

There is no cure for a cold but here are a few tips to help beat the symptoms:

  • Prop yourself up with some extra pillows
  • Use a humidifier or have a steamy shower
  • Drink and eat something hot for tea
  • Take flu medicine before you go to bed
  • Keep warm with a thick quilt or a heated blanket
  • Don’t force sleep

Our sleep expert, Dr Nerina, suggests taking a warm bath with bicarbonate of soda to allow detoxification of the immune system. This will help clear your sinuses before getting into bed.

Check out our blog post on ‘The effects of sleep deprivation’ for more information on how losing sleep can affect your health.

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