You must be very irritated when you feel the annoying postnasal drip when you just lie in bed and close your eyes. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can treat postnasal drip (excessive mucus in the back of your nose and throat) at home to make you more comfortable. Apart from relaxing, opening the sinus area, or taking the right medication, you can also use other home remedies to relieve irritation and help you sleep soundly.
Elevate your head.
Add a pillow when sleeping so that mucus does not accumulate at the back of the throat. Maybe you have felt that your throat feels itchy or stuffy when you wake up. When sleeping, there may be mucus that builds up at the back of the throat. Place 1 or 2 extra pillows to rest your head for more comfort.
If you can’t sleep comfortably in bed, try lying on a sofa that has a backrest until the postnasal drip reduces.
Use a humidifier (a humidifier).
Turn on a humidifier in the bedroom to make mucus runny due to humidity. If the room is dry, the mucus in the nasal passages and throat can thicken and cause discomfort. To relieve pressure and make swallowing easier, turn on a humidifier in your bedroom so you can breathe in moist air while you sleep.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a humidifier . Try taking a hot shower (or using a hot shower) before bed. Inhaling the moist vapors can relieve congestion in the respiratory tract.
Use a saline solution before bed.
Use a neti pot (a teapot-like device) or a squeeze bottle to rinse off any excess mucus. Place the warm saline solution in a sterile neti pot or spray bottle. Next, tilt your head over the sink at a 45-degree angle. Inhale and slowly pour the saline solution into the upper nostril until the water comes out of the lower nostril. Repeat this step on the other nostril to remove excess mucus in the nasal passages.
You can make your own saline solution or buy it at the pharmacy. If you want to make your own, mix in 1/8 tsp. (1 gram) table salt with 250 ml warm distilled water.
Take an antihistamine before bed.
Take an antihistamine if the nasal passages are blocked. If uncomfortable pressure or nasal congestion due to postnasal drip is keeping you from sleeping, try taking an antihistamine, such as chlorpheniramine or diphenhydramine . This medicine will constrict the blood vessels in the nose which makes it easier for you to breathe and feel comfortable. Antihistamines also cause drowsiness.
Besides being able to reduce mucus production which will relieve postnasal drip , antihistamines can also cause drowsiness so they are very suitable to be taken at night.
Read the dosage instructions carefully so you know how much to take and how often to take it. Most antihistamines should not be taken for more than two or three days.
Use a nasal spray a few hours before bedtime.
Use an intranasal corticosteroid spray to treat coughs at night. If you can’t sleep because you have shortness of breath and cough throughout the night, apply an intranasal spray about 2 hours before bedtime. This way, the medicine will have time to work before you go to bed.
Choose a spray containing triamcinolone or fluticasone to treat coughs due to postnasal drip . Be sure to follow the recommended dosage.
Use a decongestant during the day.
Do not take decongestants before bed as they can keep you awake. Most decongestants contain pseudoephedrine which is used to open blockages in the sinuses. Unfortunately, this ingredient can cause anxiety or keep you awake. Only use this medication during the day.
Read the descriptions on over-the-counter sinus medications carefully because some medications contain both an antihistamine and a decongestant.
Be sure to follow the recommended dosage.
Meet fluid needs and always provide water.
Make your throat comfortable and treat coughs at night. You certainly hope that you don’t wake up coughing or feeling an itchy throat. However, if this happens, keep a glass of water near the bed. For a time, water can stop coughing and remove mucus stuck to the back of the throat.
Also meet the needs of fluids during the day. Drinking water, decaffeinated tea, or juice can prevent mucus buildup. If your throat feels dry, you will start to feel itchy.
Place everything you need near the bed.
Prepare a place to put everything you need near your bed so you don’t have to get up at night. You must feel uncomfortable when you wake up because of throat irritation or coughing. Make things easy by placing water, tissues, cough drops, or pain relievers near the bed.
Place a table lamp or small lamp near the bed so you can see the medicine.
Try to relax and unwind before going to bed.
Minimize the time to use electronic devices and do calming things before bed. Using electronic devices can make it hard to sleep, even if you don’t suffer from postnasal drip ! A bright television or computer screen and loud music can keep you energized, which will make it difficult for you to sleep. To get a good night’s sleep, avoid using electronic devices before bed and do relaxing things, such as journaling, practicing yoga, or reading.
Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks as they can keep you awake while trying to sleep.