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    Heather Hatfield is a freelance health writer in Boston, Mass. She has her master's degree in health communication from Emerson College and Tufts University School of Medicine.

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    8 Sleep Tips for When You Have a Cold


    6. Manage Your Cough

    To get an extra edge when you're sick and trying to fall asleep, take a long-acting cough suppressant. Avoid decongestants at night if you plan to get some shuteye.

    "A 12-hour cough suppressant will help you sleep through the night when you're sick," Carter says. "But be careful of the decongestants. They can make you jittery and interfere with the sleep you need to get better."

    7. Feather Your Nest

    When you’re sick, a comfy bed with warm blankets and a quiet, dark room will help you sleep, Carter says. As always, avoid TV in the evening, unplug from your computer or phone, and don’t have caffeine after 3 p.m.

    Keep a cool cup of water next to your bed in case your throat gets sore at night.

    Also, add an extra pillow so that your head is higher than normal. It helps ease sinus pressure and makes it easier to breathe.

    8. Grab Your Soup Bowl

    It’s the ultimate home remedy. Like a hot bath, the steam from the soup can help clear your sinuses.

    Chicken soup really does give you an advantage. It may cut down on inflammation in your upper airways. That inflammation is behind most of your cold symptoms. While scientists still don’t fully understand how it works, Carter says it’s worth a shot.

    Plus, you can’t beat comfort food!

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    Reviewed on July 10, 2015

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