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How to Relieve a Pesky Night Time/Smoker's Cough

Five Methods:Eating Hot and Spicy FoodDrinking Water with Honey and LemonDrinking Sage and Thyme TeaDrinking Warm Salt WaterTaking a ShotCommunity Q&A

You may have experienced a frustrating cough or painful sore throat before. If you know what it's like to lie awake and cough through 'til the early hours of the morning, it's easy to see why so many tired and desperate people trawl through articles on the internet looking for a home remedy that will help them stop coughing long enough to fall asleep. Being a tobacco smoker can make you especially susceptible to phlegm coughs, dry coughs, sore throats and bronchitis. These are some effective methods for your arsenal in tackling a pesky night-time coughing fit!

Method 1
Eating Hot and Spicy Food

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    Use your imagination here. Just remember that the spicier the better .
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    Have a tissue on hand for your nose.

Method 2
Drinking Water with Honey and Lemon

Honey and Lemon is a classic go-to remedy.

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    Squeeze a whole lemon into boiling water.
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    Add as much honey as you like. The lemon juice is an anti-inflammatory, honey soothes the throat and leaves a coating that relieves the 'itchiness/tickleness' of the cough.
    • Both lemons and honey are also packed with goodies like Vitamin A and C to help your immune system fight whatever cold or cough is ailing you.

Method 3
Drinking Sage and Thyme Tea

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    Steep Sage and Thyme in some hot water. Sage and Thyme infused in hot water is a great immune system booster. Letting them join forces creates an excellent anti-inflammatory to help a painful throat.
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    Put a handful of dried sage and a sprig of dried thyme in half a mug of boiling water and leave it to cool a bit.
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    Try gargling. Gargling (and then spitting) the infusion when you mix it as strong as this is more pleasant than drinking it, and more effective.

Method 4
Drinking Warm Salt Water

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    Mix a small amount of table salt, again with hot water.
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    Gargle and spit. Saltwater is great for healing a raw throat and getting rid of germs. It's an inexpensive antiseptic that will speed up the healing process.

Method 5
Taking a Shot

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    Try a whiskey shot. It can soothe muscle pain, ease nasal swelling and congestion, stop that incessant tickling in the back of the throat, and even stave off future infections![1]
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    Mix a little whiskey into tea or a hot lemon drink. This is the best approach if you're not a natural whiskey drinker!

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  • A small spoonful of honey after each method listed here also helps seal in the benefits of that step, so you won't just cough it back up again.
  • Leave a bit of time between trying each method. Swigging whiskey right after a sage and thyme tea will void the benefits of the tea with all that alcohol. Leave it a bit, or mix and match the methods to an order that suits you and feels best.


  • Obviously a persistent cough is something to see your doctor about. If your cough lasts longer than 10 days it may be a cause for concern, watch out for blood or unusual colors in your sputum as these are all signs you need to give the doc a call.

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