In case you haven't noticed it's (achoo) flu season! That dreaded cough and those awful body aches can really take a toll on you. They say that rest is the best cure for the flu, but how are you supposed to get any rest feeling like this? All you want to do is snuggle up in bed and sleep the day away. Bad news, that congestion has other plans for you. Fortunately, there are natural things that you can do in order to beat the flu and secure that date with your mattress.

  1. Drink your fluids. The doctors will beat that in to you to the point that it's actually annoying. But they are right. All of your body's systems need water to run properly, and your immune system is no different. Running a fever, coughing and sneezing alone can cause your body to rapidly lose water, along with any gastrointestinal issues that may be associated with the cold or flu that your body is fighting. Keeping hydrated can help you feel better faster.
  2. Adjust your sleep position. It may be time to raid the guest bedroom of extra pillows. When the congestion kicks in it is super important to keep your head propped correctly. Too high is not good for your neck, too low and you will struggle to breathe. Your head should be at a slight incline. An extra pillow should do the trick.
  3. Steam. Take about 20 minutes of your bedtime routine and dedicate it to a nice hot shower. The steam from the shower will help to loosen the congestion that is causing your breathing troubles, allowing it to drain down your sinuses. To really maximize your steam, hang eucalyptus in your shower. The steam activates its essential oils with will help with coughing, congestion, sore throats, runny noses among other symptoms.
  4. Ask for and accept help. Especially if you are a parent. It is difficult enough to keep up with a brood of children when you are well, let alone when you are down for the count with the flu. If a spouse, ask that they take over the major household duties until you are well enough. Allow friends and family members who offer a hand to help you. This will allow you the time that you need to get the sleep that your body deserves.

What is better than a comfortable bed when you are sick? Be sure to kick this flu season with a great mattress and memory foam pillows. What natural remedies will you use the next time you catch the flu or a cold?