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Quick Tips on How to Stop Coughing at Night

A nighttime cough can be a symptom of many conditions, but, ultimately it boils down to something is irritating your throat.

Eventually the “what” will be essential, but soothing your cough in the meantime is the immediate concern. Consider these quick tips to help get you through the night when your cough won’t let up.

Adults can Try Cough Syrup or Lozenge

This is a common sense approach to quieting a nighttime cough. In most cases, unless your doctor recommends a cough syrup like Delsym, a lozenge such as Halls black cherry or even a piece of hard candy is the better choice. Often a cough is the result of a dry throat, and they can ease that problem.

Hard candies and lozenges are not recommended for children under that age of six, though. If you opt for cough syrup, be sure to read the dosage instructions.

If you don’t have a lozenge handy or it’s not the right choice, drink a glass of lukewarm water or hot tea for the same effect.

A Teaspoon of Honey

For adults, a teaspoon or two of honey can do the same thing as the lozenge and may help loosen phlegm that is irritating the throat. Add some honey to a cup of hot tea for an added benefit or suck on a Halls Honey Lemon lozenge. Keep in mind, though, that you should never give honey to a child under the age of one.

Tuck a Few More Pillows Under Your Head

By inclining your head, you take some of the power away from whatever is irritating your throat. This tip works for those who are congested too and struggling to breathe at night.

For some, the coughing is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If you know you have acid reflux or GERD, raise your head at least six inches to prevent stomach acid from triggering a cough.

Turn on a Humidifier

Humidifiers are especially helpful in the winter when heat dries the air. A humidifier adds moisture to the air eliminating the problem at the source. If you don’t own a humidifier, head to the bathroom and turn on the shower. The hot steam will help loosen mucus and relieve throat dryness. For extra relief, rub on some Vick’s Vapor Rub and let it work with the steam to clear your nasal passages and dry throat.

Once you make it through the night, think more about what might be causing your coughs like an allergy or sinus congestion and get what you need. SpotRX delivers free within two hours if you live in the Tempe delivery area or order online instead.


SpotRx blogs are for informational purposes only. They are not written by medical professionals and should not be used to treat or diagnose any new or existing conditions. Contact your physician or qualified medical health provider with any concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.