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How To Prevent Coughing At Night
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Lifestyle changes: Make some changes: don't eat for at least 2 hours before you go to bed. Eat low fat, healthy, high fiber foods (see dash diet). Get regular exercise. Keep your waist line normal (< 40 in for men, < 35 in for women). If you've done all of the above and you still have night time symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more
Depends on cause...: Is your cough worse at night because of being in the supine position? If so, your cough could be due to gerd or post nasal drip or even both. Both have different treatments but the treatments for both are very effective. See your doctor so treatment can be initiated and you can get a good night's sleep! good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Less fluid intake: There are many answers to this question but one on the simplest is to stop any fluid intake at least two hour before sleeping. Also try to take any diuretics as early in the day as possible. ...Read more
Asthma control: Night-time asthma that occurs more than twice a month indicates the asthma is not controlled based on national guidelines. An asthma specialist can assist in developing a treatment plan (avoidance of allergens/irritants), medications (quick-relief, controller) and possibly allergy injections (if allergic asthma) to keep that asthma at bay and allow a good nights sleep! ...Read more
Nocturnal cough: Depends on the cause. Many patients with nighttime cough have some reflux, but could be suffering with allergies. You could try an antihistamine, a reflux medicine, or a cough suppressant, all are available over the counter. With the limited information provided, it is not really possible to determine the cause of your cough to give you more specific guidance. ...Read more
Asthma: It seems your asthma is not controlled well, you need a maintenance inhaler. If you have not seen an allergist or pulmonologist, you need to see one sooner than later. Don't leave your asthma uncontrolled, nocturnal symptoms tend to be severe and creep up on you and land you in the er before you know it. ...Read more
Antihistamines: Antihistamines help reduce allergy induced post nasal drip. Other ways to treat allergies in general: 1. Avoidance measure 2. Steroid nasal sprays 3. Decongestants 4. Antihistamine nasal sprays 5. Cromolyn sprays 6. Anticholinergic sprays 7. Saline sprays 8. Allergy shots. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get Evaluated: Get evaluated to rule out a medical cause for waking up multiple times during the night. There are many reasons for sleep disturbance, some causes can include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and hormone changes. Adequate sleep is important for overall health, and disease prevention see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment options, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleep hygiene: First practice sleep hygiene (type term in browser for details). Take melatonin two hours before desired sleep time. Purchase and faithfully wear blue-blocker sunglasses to block stimulation of the ganglion cells of the retina which, in bright light (such as in front of a computer like I am now) send a message to the brain that it is not time to sleep. No caffeine and no alcohol. ...Read more
See physician: Snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. You need to have a sleep study to see if it is just snoring. A dentist can then make an oral appliance to treat either the snoring or the sleep apnea. You will need a dentist who is trained in dental sleep medicine and a prescription from a physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why?: If you are a young male and do not masturbate or have a partner, you will have wet dreams. One of the cults teaches that these are unhealthy. This is a lie intended to frighten teenagers. I personally know one pastor who left the cult rather than teach this. Growing up is difficult enough without having this nonsense put into your head. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
That is the question: Do you wake up because you need to go to the restroom or do you go to the restroom because you wake up at night? That is the question. If your bladder wakes you up frequently, urologist will help you. If your sleep pattern is disrupted by another factor, sleep medicine specialist is your best bet. Your primary care physician will help you sort it out and guide you in the right direction. ...Read more
How to prevent waking up middle of the night to use bathroom (once a night), I don't drink anything 2 hours before bed, I am 25 male. ?
Try 3 hrs, and then: 4, 5, 6 hrs before bedtime until you get it right. ...Read more
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