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How to Stop My Nose From Running at Night

Updated April 17, 2017

A runny nose can be caused by a number of factors, including colds, allergies, spicy foods and the flu. These factors can cause your nose to produce an excess amount of fluid to run out your nostrils or down the back of your throat. A runny nose can be irritating, uncomfortable and disruptive to your sleep. The constant drip may keep you up at night. Fortunately, there are several ways to stop a runny nose.

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  1. Ask your doctor to determine the cause of your runny nose. In most cases, a runny nose is related to colds or allergies, but it is important to know if there is something more serious underlying the condition.

  2. Take an antihistamine pill 30 minutes before bedtime. Follow the directions for proper dosage. Antihistamines are designed to relieve allergy-related conditions, including runny noses, so this should provide some relief.

  3. Take a pill designed to treat cold symptoms, specifically a runny nose, before sleeping. You should notice that your nasal passageways aren't as clogged for up to 8 hours.

  4. Use a humidifier in your bedroom. Dry noses become irritated and inflamed more easily than moist noses. Humidifiers hydrate the air, which keeps your nose moist and less likely to run throughout the night.

  5. Use a neti pot to clean your nose of any irritants, debris and excess mucous. Fill the pot with saline solution then place into your nostril. Tip your body forward to allow the solution to run through your nostril into your nasal cavity and out through the other nostril. Repeat on the other side. Irrigate your nose with the neti pot twice a day to help keep your nose from running at night.

  6. Warning

    Do not take cold pills and antihistamine pills at the same time without consulting with your physician to find the correct dose.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cold medication
  • Antihistamine
  • Humidifier
  • Neti pot

About the Author

Ava Perez

Ava Perez cut her journalism teeth in 2005 while balancing her university studies with a voracious appetite for fashion, music and beauty. Her music reviews, interviews and editorials have been published in numerous magazines worldwide. She specializes in writing beauty, health and fitness-related articles for various websites. Perez holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from York University.

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