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What can I do at home if my congestion is so bad I can't sleep?

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If you're so congested you can't sleep at night, try a hot toddy, an age-old remedy. Here's how:

  • Make a cup of hot herbal tea.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of honey and one small shot (about 1 ounce) of whiskey or bourbon if you wish (adults only).

Limit yourself to one, though. Too much alcohol inflames the membranes in your nose and throat.

SOURCES:

CDC.
eMedicine Health: "Colds Treatment: Self-Care at Home."
Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold."
American Lung Association: "The Common Cold."
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold."
MedicineNet: "Cold, Flu, Allergy."
UptoDate.com: The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention.
Linus Pauling Institute.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 13, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC.
eMedicine Health: "Colds Treatment: Self-Care at Home."
Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold."
American Lung Association: "The Common Cold."
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold."
MedicineNet: "Cold, Flu, Allergy."
UptoDate.com: The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention.
Linus Pauling Institute.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 13, 2018

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