Effective Strategies for Sleeping with Fluid in Your Ear

Have you ever tried to sleep with a blocked ear? It’s a terrible feeling, and it can keep you up all night. When there is fluid in your ear, it can be even worse. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help yourself get some rest.

What Is Fluid in the Ear?

Fluid in the ear refers to an accumulation of liquid that occurs within the middle or inner ear. This build-up may cause pain and discomfort along with hearing loss.

The most common causes of fluid buildup are colds, allergies, sinus infections, and changes in altitude. In some cases where there is an infection present it will require medical attention from an ENT specialist.

How Does Fluid in the Ear Affect Sleep?

When lying down on your back or side while sleeping it might feel like one or both ears have muffled sounds because gravity pulls this extra fluid towards your eardrum – making things even more uncomfortable!

Not only that but since we rely heavily on our sense of balance when moving around getting poor quality sleep due to difficulty balancing could make us feel groggy during the day as well as dangerous falls causing injury.

Tips for Sleeping with Fluid in Your Ear

Elevate Your Head:

Elevating your head helps drain excess fluids by allowing gravity to pull them downwards along their natural path. Prop up several pillows under your upper body so that you’re sleeping at a slight incline instead of flat on your back/side

Remember not too high though! You want avoid straining muscles or creating pressure points which may cause neck stiffness and headaches upon waking up again after falling asleep weirdly elevated.

Use Earplugs:

Some people find relief by using soft foam earplugs specifically designed for aiding those who need quietness while trying to fall asleep. These earplugs do not completely block out sound so you can still hear an alarm clock or other important sounds.

If wearing ear plugs causes any discomfort, then don’t risk it by using them and try another method mentioned here instead.

Add Humidity:

Adding moisture to the air can also help alleviate symptoms caused by fluid buildup in your ear – whether that is a humidifier or simply taking a hot shower before bed.

One option for this is investing in a small humidifier which could improve sleep quality and reduce inflammation within the nasal passages causing potentially contributing to more fluids building up inside ears again during sleeping hours.

Treat Congestion:

If allergies or congestion are the culprits behind fluid build-up, treating those underlying conditions may significantly improve your overall comfort levels. Refer to over-the-counter medication specifically directed towards these ailments, such as decongestants or antihistamines.


In conclusion, dealing with fluid in your ears can be frustrating when trying to get some much needed rest at night- but there’s no need for despair! Try elevating your head with pillows while sleeping on one side (or back), using soft foam earplugs if comfortable enough- they’re designed specifically too help reduce outside noise interference without causing extra pressure points that might lead neck stiffness/headaches upon waking up again. Adding humidity through steam showers/humidifiers will give relief from accumulated fluids while improving sleep quality all around, as well as treating any underlying allergies/congested sinuses that may have contributed towards accumulation of excess unwanted liquids throughout inner/outer parts of Eustachian tubes leading into middle/inner part of our beloved hearing organs.