Now that the kids are back to school, your house has become a breeding ground for whatever germs they are bringing home on a daily basis. There are very few things worse than being unable to sleep well at night when you are sick. Sleep helps you to recover from whatever it is you are battling, yet it seems that the symptoms prevent that sleep you need from ever happening. Fortunately, there are a couple of things that you can do the help get some sleep.

3 Tips To Help You Sleep When You're Sick:

  • Hot Food & Beverages:Studies show that hot foods like soups are very effective for helping to clear sinuses and soothe a sore throat. As an added bonus, chicken soup is good for you and provides the nourishment necessary for your health to improve! The broth in soup also helps you to remain hydrated, since it is easy to become dehydrated when you are sick. It can also helpful to drink hot, decaffeinated herbal teas prior to bed.
  • Hot Shower: First hot foods, now a hot shower - are you noticing a theme? A key component to effectively clearing a cold from your head is heat. A warm compress over your eyes eases sinus pressure, hot food and drink soothe a sore throat, and the steam from a hot shower helps your sinuses to drain.
  • Elevate Your Head:Propping your head with pillows is a great way to ease congestion during the night. However, too much of an incline can actually cause your neck to kink and your breathing to become even more labored. Experts recommend an incline of about six inches, achieved by placing pillows under your mattress or by stacking books under the legs at the head of your bed.

What are your favorite flu remedies?