Here are some tricks that can help you unclog your nose at night, so you can rest easy.
These remedies are also good to know in case of a cold or the flu. Your nose is one of the most delicate parts of the body and if it is clogged with mucus, it can be quite difficult to breathe through your nose. Here are some cures for a clogged nose that will get you back to snoring restfully again.
How To Unclog Your Nose At Night
- Wash your face with warm water and towel dry.
- Apply a cold compress to your nose and lay down for a while. The cold will help unclog your nasal passages, which will allow you to breathe better.
- Follow up with the following: Take a warm shower, steam, or bath and apply an inhaler to help loosen the mucus in your nose before bedtime so you can breathe better during the night.
- Hot oil can be applied to both the inside and outside of the nose. Apply a little bit of olive oil to your nose and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The oil will loosen up the clog and help it breathe more easily.
- If you have sinusitis, take an over-the-counter decongestant such as pseudoephedrine (e.g., Sudafed) or oxymetazoline (e.g., Afrin) to loosen the mucus in your sinuses and open up your air passages.
- If you don’t have sinus problems, drink a glass of warm milk or yogurt before bedtime to help loosen the mucus in your nose.
- Drink a cup of hot tea or coffee before bedtime to help open up your nasal passages and unclog the clogged pores in your nose between sneezes and snorts, to allow you to breathe better during the night without waking up with a stuffy nose too often.
- Put a warm washcloth over your face and hold it there for 5–10 minutes before going to bed to help loosen the mucus in your nose so you can breathe better during the night.
- Apply a cool compress to your face or blow into a cool bowl of water or a bottle of chilled water and place it on your face while you are lying down to help loosen the mucus in your nose and open up your nasal passages so you can breathe better during the night without waking up with a stuffy nose too often.
- If all else fails, take an over-the-counter decongestant such as pseudoephedrine (e.g., Sudafed) or oxymetazoline (e.g., Afrin) to loosen the mucus in your sinuses and open up your air passages.
- If you don’t have sinus problems, drink at least 6 glasses of water every day to keep your nasal passages moist and clean all day long.
- Drink at least 6 glasses of water every day to keep your nasal passages moist and clean all day long so they won’t get clogged as easily as they do when you’re dehydrated or tired from lack of sleep, stress, or illness when you’re not drinking enough water all day long.
The Best Remedies For Clogged Noses
- Salt: In order to unclog your nose, add a teaspoon of salt to a cup of lukewarm water. Stir the mixture and then gargle it with this mixture as you would with mouthwash. You should also rinse your mouth out with the salt-water solution. This can also help to kill bacteria that may have accumulated in your sinuses.
- Gargling: Gargling is not only easy, but it can also be very effective in unclogging your nose. To do this, you will need 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 quart of warm water. Add the salt and one tablespoon of lemon juice or honey to the water and then use a clean container (a coffee mug will work) to hold the solution while you gargle it into your throat.
- Eucalyptus oil: Eucalyptus oil is used in many nasal sprays for medicinal purposes as well as home remedies for other ailments like colds and flu symptoms. To treat a clogged nose, add 5 drops of eucalyptus oil to 2 tablespoons of olive oil or any carrier oil that you have on hand – like coconut or almond oil. Then put 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda into the mix and mix until thoroughly combined before using it as an inhalant or applying it directly onto the sinuses (avoid contact with eyes).
- Ginger tea: Ginger tea has been found to be effective in both preventing and treating the symptoms of colds, flu, and sinus infections. To make ginger tea, you will need a teaspoon of chopped ginger, 2-3 cups of water, and a teaspoon of sugar. Add the ginger and sugar to the water and then bring it to a boil on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let it sit in your cup for another 5 minutes before drinking it.
- Baking soda: Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate and is used as an antacid in many households. It has also been found useful in treating acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn, respiratory problems (like asthma), hiccups, and even colds. You can add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 8 ounces of lukewarm water (or another beverage that you wish to use) for oral consumption or use it as a nasal inhalant by pouring 1/2 ounce into your nose with one finger over your nose while keeping the rest above your eyes.
Ways To Prevent A Clogged Nose
- Give yourself a drink of water before bedtime. This can help to prevent you from having a clogged nose at night.
- If you have been drinking alcohol, avoid getting drunk and make an effort to keep hydrated throughout the day in order to prevent a clogged nose at night.
- Try not to eat large meals before going to sleep at night, especially if you are prone to nasal congestion and snoring because they can cause your throat muscles to remain engorged with mucus that will not only be difficult to clear but also could make it more difficult for you to breathe through your nose.
- If your allergies are acting up, try using a neti pot or other nasal irrigation device in order for you to flush out any mucus buildup in your sinuses so that it does not interrupt your breathing during the nighttime hours when you need rest the most.
- Avoid sleeping on your back if possible because this position can cause your throat to be more constricted, thus causing your nasal passages to be more prone to becoming clogged with mucus.
- Avoid using your nose as straw by avoiding drinking anything through your nose while you sleep or while you are awake. It is best to drink water or other fluids through your mouth instead of using the back of your mouth like a straw when drinking liquids at night.
- Take care not to blow your nose during the night because this can make it more difficult for you to breath and could cause you to wake up with a blocked nose that may be even more difficult for you to clear than it would have been if you had just let it be and dealt with it in the morning when you are able to do so without being disturbed.
Stuffy or clogged noses can leave you feeling miserable. If you find that your nose is always clogged, you might have a sinus infection or other health condition that is causing the blockage. There are several ways to unclog your nose at night, including using a neti pot or saline solution. It’s important to remember that using too much salt can also cause problems for your body so make sure to consult your doctor. Don’t forget to make time for relaxation and meditation to help clear up your nasal passages.