Does The Common Cold Keep You Up At Night?
Oh bloody-hell! You’re starting to feel sick, the sore throat that tickles a little, plus the fatigue… you think to yourself (during the day!) I’m going to sleep WELL tonight! Why do you think that? well because you’re tired and sort-of sick, DUH Eloise! Well-well people you couldn’t BE more wrong! Proceeding on with the story… Ahh, tis nighttime and you’re all ready for bed, a little achy, little sick, tired as heck… you just can’t wait to climb into bed! You get all situated, pull the covers just right, lay your head down on that wonderful pillow of yours, and BAM! there it happens, not even one full minute goes by and you’re nose starts acting up, it’s mimicking a slow leaking faucet that you can only fix by shoving tissue up your nose… okay we took care of that (thank goodness for tissue!) BUT now you’re breathing like a loud lunatic and dang it most of your mouth is getting dry except for the side you’re laying on starts leaking (eww, how gross, you’re drooling!)… So why does this happen? What is up with the stupid sickness being worse when you’re trying to sleep to get better? Well read on and get your interesting answer…
The Answer To Why Your Cold Gets Worse At Night…
It’s called Chronobiology– the study of how the time of day affects the body functions. If you think you’ve heard of this term before, think again, as it is a very new field says Dr. Richard J. Martin, head of the pulmonary division at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver.
The answer is quite simple, almost common sense like… When you speak of it in a general non-indepth way… but that’s not what I do on TwinCitiesView! I like to do my research to educate you amazing readers, so here’s what I found out about changes in our bodies at night-time that make you feel gross but you’re really too tired to give a damn about how you look (as your partner and kids, and EVEN pets are freaked out and want to stick you in quarantine!)
Let’s dive right in…
Researchers link the narrowing of airways at night to low nighttime levels of two important hormones: cortisol (a steroid hormone) and epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, which relaxes the airways, among its many important roles. Both these substances reach peak levels in the blood during the day(which is why we breathe better during the day because our airways are more open making it easier to breathe and more room for the mucus), then taper off in the evening, reaching the lowest point at the post-midnight hours (causing more difficulty breathing and less room for the mucus to be so it drains out of your cute button nose OR into your throat making you clear your throat and cough as well). How annoying!
Fun fact, did you know blood flow to the respiratory tract changes when we lay down? Not only that but lying down increases the collection of fluid and puts extra pressure on the inflamed tissue. DOH! Maybe our colds wouldn’t get so bad at night if we slept standing up?! hmmm… just a thought! (No Eloise, we can’t sleep standing up… BUT how about propping yourself up to a reclined position with all your pillows~ I know you people have tons of decorative pillows you could use!) Honestly, this is how I’ve slept the past few nights with this dang cold I have, which prompted me to write this ingenious post. (Yes, I did have tissue shoved up my nose and Yes I did drool a little… but don’t tell anyone, that’s our secret~wink~)
Another fact about our awesome bodies are that our body temperatures rise naturally in the evening, so a fever that was slight during the day can easily spike during sleep. (keep that in mind people!) If anything take a fever reducer med before bed to nip it in the bud if possible AND of course check with your doctor if you have any health issues I’m not aware of!
Things To Do To Help You Feel Better
- Get your Steam on, steam relaxes the airways and vocal cords! (hot showers help, as well as drinking tea with honey and be sure to breath in the hot steam from your tea!)
- Keep your body warm while breathing in cold air which reduces the swelling. (both steam and cold in combination often controls symptoms!) Oh, get a humidifier!
- Drink water AND a lot of it!
- Soothing cough drops, also the vitamin C drops (vit C helps the immune system).
- Rest (of course!) And know that if you’re bored during your long resting periods that you can read as many post on TCV as you’d like, even your horoscope, even shopping through my Amazon ads, hmmm… quizzes (who doesn’t like fun quizzes? I mean come on!) You can always count on TwinCitiesView to entertain you for a while… I’m here for you!
- Honey and cinnamon help cure a cold, so add those to your diet during your illness!
- Prop yourself up at night to relieve some of the pressure on your sinuses.
I wish you luck on not getting sick for as long as possible… But if you do, I hope you have a better understanding about why you’re screwed come nighttime. Hopefully you’ll try some of these helpful tips to help you feel better sooner than later.
Take care readers and stay healthy!
photo1 by: healthmedicalarticles.com
photo 2 by: normalbreathing.com
photo3 by: forex21.com