Heads up for the Common Cold

By Kelly Conklin

Its that time of year again when the sneezing, congestion, aches and pains keep you up at night! Chances are that you picked up your cold from touching objects that other people with a cold have touched such as books, towels, door handles, ATM machine buttons and pens at the post office or grocery store. Considering the fact that there are over one billion colds in the United States each year chances are pretty good that you will catch a cold sometime this year. According to a recent article in the New York Times, the four most common cold symptoms are nasal congestion, runny nose, scratchy throat and sneezing.

Some common sense solutions for helping to prevent catching someone elses cold may include wearing light weight gloves when out on the town so you are protected when going in and out of stores and looking at merchandise. There are now even smart gloves you can wear that will work with your iPhone touch screen! Other common sense solutions for helping prevent a cold are: wash your hands often and use an air dryer when possible, take vitamin D and or C supplements and get a little bit of daily exercise.

If its too late, and you have already caught a cold this year, read on for some great ideas to help alleviate your common cold symptoms. You may find relief from the following food items: Chicken Soup, Garlic, Ginger, Cranberries, Black or Green tea. Also, make sure you are drinking a lot of extra fluids and get extra rest each day!

Unfortunately, lying down to rest at night often makes your congestion worse! For a better nights rest and to help with the drainage of your nasal passages, you may want to consider using a bed wedge to raise your head while you sleep. Often stacking pillows do not work that well and end up all bunched up under your head or on the floor. The gradual slope of a bed wedge is a perfect solution for helping the natural flow of gravity move your bodily fluids away from your head and chest. Raising you head while you sleep will help keep your nasal passages and sinuses open, allowing you to breathe a little easier while you sleep. People who suffer from asthma, COPD, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and GERD often use a bed wedge every night to help alleviate their breathing problems.

If you just need a quick nap during the day then you may want to consider using an ergonomically designed cushion set that fits on your recliner or sofa which allows you to rest comfortably in an anti-gravity position; both your knees and head up. The anti- gravity position is also used as a natural way to help relieve lower back pain, improve your circulation, and help tension and stress on your back and throughout your entire body.

The sooner your body is well rested and relieved of the aches and pains that accompany the common cold the sooner you will start feeling like your self and back to enjoying life again!

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