Thursday, January 15, 2009

A remedy your grandma never suggested:

Indoor air in winter in Minnesota has a moisture content lower than the Sahara. The furnace is on, doors and windows are sealed against the cold, and static shocks are a fact of life.
Breathing that air makes your throat dry, and you wake at night with a dry cough that seems to propagate itself. What to do?

I found sugarless gum works! It doesn't melt like a coughdrop, it keeps saliva flowing just a bit, and you wake with nice minty breath!

You're welcome!


  1. Anonymous5:46 AM

    Sugarless gum can also fall down your throat while you're sleeping and choke you. If you're lucky, you'll cough alot first though. And then there you go.

  2. True, Anonymous! But then, we were ALSO always told, 'you'll put someones eye out', and there are very few one-eyed I'm willing to risk the evil of gum in

  3. Anonymous6:55 AM

    Yah but that's because those kids weren't chewing on sticks in their sleep so ha!

    Oh wait - that made sense when I typed it....

  4. Ok, it's a few days later now--the gum trick worked that first night, but I think it was only cuz I was coming down with a cold.

    I only THOUGHT it was dry

    And I admit, I never sleep on my back cuz I get a headache from it, so the gum and my throat are more-or-less safe from one-another.

    THERE. Confession(s) are good, right?

  5. Anonymous5:27 AM

    I was thinkin' ah tryin' a minty-fresh Life saver. While I sleep. It's perfection in it's simplicity because, should the item slip down my throat in the night, I can retrieve it via the length of thread or fishing line I will have tied onto it ahead of time.

    I gotta million ah these kindsa idears!


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