It’s late. You’d like to be sound asleep — but every time you begin to drift off, a cough jolts you awake again.
A nighttime cough can be disruptive and frustrating. You need to sleep so you can get the rest you need to fight your illness and function during the day. But your nagging cough won’t let you get the elusive sleep you so badly need.
So, what can you do to conquer your cough at night?
In this article, we’ll look at some possibilities you may want to consider for different types of coughs, including wet and dry coughs and those ticklish back-of-the-throat ones.
A cough can be caused by a wide variety of conditions and circumstances. If you understand the cause of your cough, it may be easier for you to choose an effective remedy.
These conditions and factors are all known to cause coughing:
- viruses like colds and flus
- bacterial infections like pneumonia and bronchitis
- postnasal drip
- certain medications, such as ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers, and some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
- gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- cystic fibrosis
- whooping cough
If you’re not sure why you’re coughing, your doctor can order chest X-rays, lab tests, scope tests, or CT scans to find out what’s triggering your cough.
Talk to your doctor about getting a whooping cough vaccination, and if you smoke, know that quitting may improve your cough in as little as 8 weeks.
Wet coughs, which are sometimes called productive coughs, often involve excessive mucus in the chest, throat, and mouth. The following tips may help.
The following tips may provide relief.
If your cough is being caused by allergies or postnasal drip, you may be kept awake by an itchy or ticklish cough. Here’s what you can do.
In most cases, a cough that’s caused by an infection or irritant will usually clear up within a few weeks with home remedies or OTC medication.
But there may be times when a cough is more serious. It’s important that you pay a visit to your doctor if:
- your cough lasts longer than 3 weeks
- your cough turns from dry to wet
- you’re coughing up increased amounts of phlegm
- you also have a fever, shortness of breath, or vomiting
- you’re wheezing
- your ankles are swollen
Seek immediate medical attention if you have a cough and:
A nighttime cough can be disruptive, but there are many effective treatments available to lessen their severity and duration so you can sleep more peacefully.
If your cough is caused by a cold, the flu, or allergies, you may be able to ease your cough by trying some simple home remedies or by taking OTC cough, cold, or allergy medications.
If your symptoms last longer than a few weeks or your symptoms worsen, follow up with your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.