Tips for Better Sleep When Dealing with a Cough

Coughing is a common symptom that can be caused by various reasons, such as allergies, infections, and even acid reflux. Having a cough can be uncomfortable and disrupt your sleep. In this article, we’ll be discussing different ways on how to sleep when you have a cough.

Adjust Your Sleeping Position

The way you position yourself while sleeping can greatly affect the severity of your cough. Elevating your head while sleeping allows mucus to drain from your throat and nasal passages more easily. Use an extra pillow or two to prop up your head and upper body at a comfortable angle.


– Avoid using too many pillows as it might strain your neck muscles.
– Make sure that the bed is firm enough to support proper alignment of the spine.

Aromatherapy for Cough Relief

Aromatherapy is known for its calming effects on the mind and body. Essential oils like eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil are beneficial in reducing cough symptoms due to their anti-inflammatory properties.


– Put 1-2 drops of essential oils into a diffuser before bedtime.
– Alternatively, add 5 drops of essential oil into boiling water in a bowl or pot and inhale deeply through the nose with eyes closed under towel coverings over the head.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking fluids helps thin out mucus secretions which makes it easier to clear them from your respiratory tract effectively through natural means instead of constantly having to resort only just primarily relying on medication alone.


– Consume warm drinks such as herbal tea or warm milk which have soothing qualities.
– Stay away from caffeine-based beverages like coffee especially before bedtime because they may lead worsen dehydration leading towards more coughing.

Avoid Harmful Irritants

Airborne irritants such as smoke and strong fragrances can trigger your cough symptoms. It’s important to avoid smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and be cautious when using cleaning products that may contain harsh chemicals.


– Use natural cleaning agents like vinegar-based solutions instead of chemical-based ones.
– Avoid spray perfumes in the bedroom.


Getting a good night’s rest is essential for overall health and wellbeing, but having a persistent cough can make it challenging. By elevating your head while sleeping, using essential oils for aromatherapy, staying hydrated with warm fluids, avoiding harmful irritants such as smoke and strong fragrances you will find yourself being able sleep better despite having a cough. If these tips don’t work for you or if your symptoms worsen over time,it is best to speak with a medical professional so they can properly diagnose the cause of your coughing symptom(s).