Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Aaram haram hai.....fir bhi... Getting Plenty of Sleep

My dad used to brag about hardly missing any work each year. If he ever got symptoms of a sickness, he took the day off and slept( at small-small intervals he get-up saying Aaram haram hai) . Then, he was not sick anymore. It’s pretty simple, but it worked for him.
It’s always a good idea to get all of the sleep you need whenever you have a cold. It helps your body to rejuvenate and have a better working immune system. The problem though is trying to breathe when you are all stuffed up.
It’s hard to sleep when your nose isn’t clear or you are coughing. Here are some little home remedies that prove helpful when you have cough and congestion interruptions to your sleep:
My  Remedies for Phlegm and Congestion
After having battled the hacking coughs and trying to breathe clear while sleeping, I’ve learned some lessons.
What I have found during the times that I did get a cold was that I could keep plenty of water close by. If you wake up with a hacking cough, I believe that means that your lungs are trying to expel phlegm. If they are not hydrated, it will be extremely difficult and you could be coughing your head off. My recommendation is to drink one cup of water for each hacking cough. Then, go to the bathroom and cough the phlegm out. Get it over with and get back to sleep.
Another thing that is very helpful is to use peppermint oil for clearing the breathing pathways. Many people buy diffusers that release peppermint oil into the air and help you to breathe freely. However, I have found a cheap method that anyone can do that is even more effective.
You get one square of tissue and put 1-2 drops of essential peppermint oil onto the centre of the tissue. You want to position this by your nose, so that you breathe it while sleeping. Then, tape the top part of it on top of your nose and cheeks. Masking tape is gentle enough and works well.
Exercising to Release the Congestion
It’s not good to exercise if you have a flu, fever, and achy body. That is a time to rest. But, if you have a cold, it really helps to do some exercise. By doing something physically active, your body will start to release the built-up congestion and sinus infection that may be lingering.
The only problem with going outside and walking is that you will need to get rid of the phlegm coming up to your nose and throat. People may not like seeing you spit on the road or sidewalk. And, that can happen a lot of you have a cold and go for a walk or run. Bring along some tissues and garbage bag.
Better yet, if you have a treadmill in your home, you can go walking, or jogging anytime. You can exercise while watching a show or listening to music or a loved one tell about their day. Then, when your lungs start to clear, you can have tissue handy, or run to the bathroom for a minute.
another easy way is virechan kriya -do virechan kriya. Virechana Kriya generally involves evacuating toxins or wastes from the body You can do  virechan kriya while watching a show or listening to music or a loved one tell about their day.
Another yogic kriyas for cold are: Bhastrika Pranayam, Kapal Bhati Pranayaam, Surya Bhedi Pranayaam, Surya Bhedi Pranayaam,Surya Namaskar


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