5 Ways to Cure a Sore Throat and Fall Asleep Faster

Nov 21, 2017

Trying to fall asleep with a sore throat is like trying to be productive when Game of Thrones is on. It just ain’t gonna happen. Your Friendly Public Health Pharmacist is going to help you find fun, convenient ways to cure a sore throat and catch some Zzzzs.

In Part 3 of the November Cold Series, How to Choose the EXACT Cold Medicine You Need, I mentioned that pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol), NSAIDs (Motrin, Advil, Aleve, aspirin), and Chloraseptic spray can all help a sore throat feel better. But these medications are not safe for everyone, including some children.

Luckily, you probably have several possible solutions lying around your house.

Here are 5 household items you can use to ease a sore throat long enough for you to fall asleep easily.


Hard candies

The studies go back and forth about how effective zinc is for treating a cold, although many agree that zinc lozenges are an effective way to reduce pain from a sore throat.

As a pharmacist, I do not use or suggest supplements that are not verified by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP). Since no zinc lozenges are USP-verified, what’s the next best thing? Grab a few hard candies! The saliva will help your throat feel better.

Kid-friendly? NO. Lozenges and hard candies can be a choking hazard for children.


Ice, ice cream, or popsicles

Let’s be real, do you need an excuse to eat ice cream? It may seem odd, but very cold foods can also soothe a sore throat.

Kid-friendly? Ice and skinny popsicles may be a choking hazard for young children, but ice cream is a YES!


Cool mist humidifier

YFPHP, you are always talking about this dang humidifier. That’s because IT WORKS! I’m sorry y’all but the cool mist humidifier is just that necessary.

Remember how I mentioned cool mist humidifiers can help reduce coughing, especially at night?

Well, in the same way they help reduce coughing, they can also ease a sore throat.

I use this one in my 1-year-old son’s room every night, and it helps us all sleep better.

I talk in more detail about this Heaven-sent machine in this post on adult- and kid-friendly cold home remedies.

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Warm water and salt are my absolute favorite sore throat relief. Mix a teaspoon of salt with a glass of warm water, and gargle before bed. (You can gargle anytime you want, but I find it most relaxing and most helpful before bed.)

Kid-friendly? For kids younger than 6, NO. They may not be able to gargle correctly. It may be a good (and fun!) option for older kids who can gargle well.


Warm tea with honey and lemon

Warm tea with honey and lemon are great for soothing a sore throat. Warm liquids in general, such as broth or warm water can help too.

Kid-friendly? Babies under 12 months old cannot have honey. For older children, YES these are options. Just make sure the liquids are not too hot.


Do you have any other tricks you use at home to ease a sore throat? Share in the comments below!

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