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Health Tip: Get More Sleep if You Have a Cold

(HealthDay News) -- Trying to sleep with a cold can be a miserable battle. It may be difficult to breathe, and you're probably coughing, neither of which make it easy to sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests:

  • Run a humidifier or vaporizer while you sleep. Clean and dry it frequently to prevent mold.

  • Use a foam wedge or stack several pillows to elevate your head.

  • Keep a box of tissues by your bed so you don't have to get up when it's time to blow your nose. Tissues with moisturizing lotion can help comfort an irritated nose.

  • Before bed, rinse your nose with a saline wash.

  • Use nasal strips to help open nasal passages while you sleep.

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