How to clear your throat at night

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How to clear your throat at night
Clearing your throat for a good night's sleep involves a few simple steps. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

It's difficult to sleep at night if you have mucus clogging your breathing passages and making it difficult to breathe. The best way to get a good night's sleep and circumnavigate any needless waking is to clear your throat throughly before you go to bed. By employing a few tricks of the singing trade, you can clear your throat thoroughly -- which should last through the night. Take a few tips from the professionals, and you'll have a clear throat and get a better night's sleep.

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Things you need

  • Nasal rinse
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt water
  • Herbal tea

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  1. 1

    Clear your airways completely. Built-up mucus caused by allergens can cause post nasal drip, which will lead to mucus build-up in your throat. Make sure you have clean sinus passages by using a sinus rinse at least an hour before you go to bed. It will take some getting used to, but it is worth it to rinse away the built-up mucus housed in your sinuses and nasal passageways.

  2. 2

    Drink some herbal tea mixed with lemon. Put at least 15 ml (1 tbsp) of lemon in a 236 to 295 ml 8 to 10 fl oz) cup of tea. The acidity of the lemon will help clear mucus and will help you clear your throat properly.

  3. 3

    Gargle with a saltwater mixture for at least thirty seconds to loosen up any residual mucus in your throat. Mix 5 g (1 tsp) of salt into 236 ml (8 fl oz) of water and gargle.

  4. 4

    Stay away from dairy and other foods suspected of causing mucus. Read up on allergens and avoid those foods that you suspect may be causing build-up at night.

  5. 5

    Work out the mucus in your throat by gently coughing. The sinus rinse and gargling should have loosened up any sticky mucus that was clogging your air passages.

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