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How to sleep with ear infection?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Ear infections are common and can happen to anyone, but they’re especially common in kids. They usually happen in the middle ear and can cause a lot of discomfort, like pain and sometimes even trouble hearing.

These infections occur when the tube that connects the middle ear to the back of your throat gets blocked or swollen. This can trap fluid in the middle ear, making it a breeding ground for bacteria or viruses that lead to infection. Things like colds, allergies, or changes in air pressure can also cause blockage.

If you’re struggling to sleep because of an ear infection, you’re not alone. It can be tough to sleep with an ear infection because lying down can make the pain and pressure worse.

How to sleep with an ear infection?

When dealing with an ear infection, getting a good night’s sleep can feel like an uphill battle. But there are things you can do to make it easier:

Elevate your head:

Adding an extra pillow or two under your head can help ease the pressure in your ear and make you feel more comfortable. It might also help fluid drain from your ear, which could reduce your symptoms.

Take a painkiller:

Over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen or paracetamol can help dull the pain and make it easier to drift off. Just make sure you follow the instructions on the label.

Apply a warm compress:

A warm, damp cloth held against your ear can soothe the pain and help you relax enough to fall asleep. Just be careful not to make it too hot!

Try different positions:

Experiment with different sleeping positions to find what works best for you. Some people find relief by lying on their unaffected side, while others prefer sleeping slightly upright to ease the pressure on their ear.

Drink plenty of water:

Staying hydrated can help thin out mucus and make it easier for your ear to drain, which might lessen your discomfort while you sleep.

Frequently asked questions about ear infections

How can I sleep comfortably with an ear infection?

To sleep comfortably with an ear infection, try elevating your head with extra pillows to ease pressure and discomfort.

What positions are best for sleeping with an ear infection?

The best sleeping positions for ear infections are typically lying on the unaffected side or sleeping with the affected ear elevated using pillows.

How can I relieve ear pain while sleeping?

To relieve ear pain while sleeping, try using over-the-counter painkillers, applying a warm compress to the affected ear, and experimenting with different sleep positions for comfort.

A tired looking lady holds her ear in pain due to an ear infection

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