A Sleep Technique For When You Have A Cough and Congestion
Posted on October 31st, 2017
Cold and flu season is here and one of the worst parts of getting sick is the stuffy nose and stubborn mucus that just wants to keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.
As a naturopathic doctor in Toronto, many patients ask if there are natural, non-drug ways to manage congestion and allow for a good night's sleep.
Congestion in the sinuses prevents one from breathing through the nose while sleeping, forcing us to breathe through our mouths that can lead to throat dryness, irritation.
This could leave to coughing or chronic lung congestion can may cause incessant coughing, preventing one from sleeping throughout the night.
Sleep is extremely important for recovery when you’re sick.
Warming socks technique for a good night's sleep
The warming sock technique is done at night in order to battle these symptoms.
It can also help reduce temperature if there is also a fever present.
What you will need for this technique:
In response to the wet socks placed on your feet, the body sends the circulation of blood and lymph (therefore some heat) down to warm the feet, pulling along the congestion from the head and lungs, allowing drainage through the lymphatic system.
Many of my patients report being able to get a full night's sleep when using the wet socks for cough and congestion.
If you feel this will be uncomfortable, don’t fret - the discomfort of wet socks on your feet tends to let up after a couple of minutes.
You wake up with completely dry feet!
This can be used for the whole family, ages through 100
Yours in Health,
Dr. Tanya Lee, N.D
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