Categories: Sleep Science

Ditch the Drip: 5 Postures to Help You Sleep Better

Have you ever had a cold so badly it just won’t go away? Between the coughing, sneezing and postnasal drip, all you want to do is go to bed. However, when you finally hit your comfortable and cozy latex mattress for the first time, you realize your symptoms are even worse than they were during the day.

Postnasal drip can be one of the most uncomfortable and annoying nuisances at night and sometimes it feels like there’s no hope. On top of the sore throat that goes along with it, sometimes you feel like you can’t breathe throughout the night.

There are some ways to fight back against postnasal drip and a lot of them have to do with your sleeping posture. Let’s discuss some of the best sleeping postures to use when you’re experiencing postnasal drip.

EHow has some great tips on perfecting your posture despite postnasal drip. They even have a great video online with ways to cure it!

Prop up the Bed

  • One of the most useful ways to fight against postnasal drip is propping up the head of your bed to get the best sleep with postnasal drip. Try using books or large bricks under the bottom of the headboard. Once the headboard is propped up, sleep on your back. Side and stomach sleeping will compromise your neck. If postnasal drip is a recurring issue, check into purchasing an adjustable bed that allows you to elevate your head and/or feet.

Prop up Your Head

  • If you cannot easily prop up your headboard, use multiple pillows behind your head. Using two or three will help mucus drain down the throat when you sleep on your back. According to Rtmagazine, elevating your head can alleviate sinus issues, as lying completely flat creates larger blood vessels in the nose and stimulates mouth breathing.

    When selecting pillows, find ones that are hypoallergenic, because an allergic reaction can worsen postnasal drip.

Stomach Sleeping

  • If you must sleep on your stomach, put a pillow under your abdomen rather than beneath your head, which will keep your neck in better alignment. Cervical issues, such as a herniated disk, can cause or intensify postnasal drip. Putting a pillow under your abdomen also keeps the body from being flat and promoting nasal inflammation. If it is difficult to sleep with no head pillow, find a cervical or donut pillow for stomach sleepers.

Pick a Side

  • If you’re a side sleeper, picking and staying on one side at night can actually help clear postnasal drip. While it can be challenging to stick to the same side until you fall asleep, it can really help clear it up!

Hopefully these tips can help you sleep better with a postnasal drip problem.

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    Amber Merton

    Amber Merton is an accomplished writer on the topics of green living and sleep. Her work has been covered in numerous online publications. Amber has been a regular author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

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