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Nasal Congestion at Night

Pragya T Mar 3, 2019
Nasal congestion or stuffy nose is caused by the swelling of the nose lining. Suffering from the congestion during night can hinder your sleep.
Nasal congestion or blocked nose is always exasperating, but a blocked nose can be a bigger problem at night, as it makes breathing very difficult and leads to difficulty in sleeping. One can try sleeping with one's mouth open if one is suffering from nasal congestion to make breathing easier. But there are many ways that can help you unblock your nose.


There are many factors which lead to nasal congestion, some of which are listed below.
  • Allergies
  • Common cold or flu
  • Reaction to a particular medicine
  • Infection in sinuses
  • Pregnancy
You can always go to the doctor and get appropriate treatment, but in cases of nasal congestion due to cold or flu, one can easily find relief with some home remedies.


There are many ways to treat a blocked and stuffy nose. However when suffering from severe nasal congestion at night, one wants instant relief. There are other remedies like oral decongestants and Neti pots which take a little more time but provide good relief.
Nasal Strips: These are very easy to use and provide instant relief from congestion. One can buy 30 strips for USD 10. They also are a good cure for people who suffer from snoring.
Neti Pot: This remedy is very helpful to unblock one's nose. You can buy Neti pots from a chemist. In Neti, one uses a pot with a salt and water mixture for nasal irrigation to clear the mucus inside the nose.
Topical Decongestant: Keep a decongestant ointment near your pillow or on a bedside table. They are very easy to use and unblock your nose within minutes.
Acupressure: By pressing at the right pressure points on the face, one can get quick relief from nasal congestion.
To try acupressure as a remedy, press 10 times on the corner of your nostrils, then press the part of your nose which is at the corner of the eyes 10 times, then press at the lower part behind the ear 10 times and finally massage the ear lobes, 3 times. You can repeat this process again, to further unblock your nose.
Nasal Sprays: Nasal sprays are very effective, as they quickly unblock a stuffy nose. However, many people experience itching in nose after using nasal sprays. Also it is not recommended for long-term usage.
Inhaling Medicated Steam: Boil some water in a vessel and add 1½ tablespoons of a topical decongestant to it. Put the vessel carefully on a table, and cover you head and the vessel with a towel and inhale the medicated vapors.
Oral Decongestants: One of the many stuffy nose remedies is the use of an oral decongestant, which are available over-the-counter in form of syrup. So, take some decongestant syrup before going to sleep.
Spicy Foods: Eating something spicy can help you get rid of the congestion. You can have chicken soup with lots of pepper. Or try having a bit of spicy sauce or nibble a bit on a chili peppers.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar can greatly help to get rid of nasal congestion. You can add few drops of it to Neti pot solution and perform nasal irrigation with it. Another way to get rid of sinus problems and improve immunity is to take apple cider vinegar diluted with warm water everyday as a supplement.

Useful Tips

Here are some useful tips you can follow, when suffering from congestion.
  • If you are suffering from nasal congestion, drink a lot of water.
  • If you are suffering from allergy to dust or pollens, take antihistamines and avoid going out.
  • Many times viral infections like cold or flu affect the body due to low immunity. Eat healthy food, especially vitamin C rich food.
  • If you have been suffering from nasal congestion frequently, consider installing a humidification system.
If you have been suffering from chronic congestion during night, showing symptoms of fever, facial pain or greenish mucus or blood in your mucus, it is important that you consult a doctor.