Tuesday night, Chickie came into our room in the middle of the night to sleep on her magic couch. Usually that's fine; she doesn't disturb us much. Last night, though, she started coughing...and coughing...and coughing. It sounded like a dry cough, the type you get when your throat is all tickly. I couldn't sleep well through it, and she obviously couldn't either.
So I tried a little trick with her--something I read who-knows-where that has proven successful for me when I've had those irritating, dry nighttime coughs.
We got up (at 2 a.m.), and I quickly brewed some tea (using microwaved water.) I used white tea (very low caffeine, mild flavor). If I'd had some mint herbal tea I would have used that. I gave her a spoonful of honey to eat and stirred another spoonful into the tea. When it had cooled a bit, she drank it, went potty, and we headed back to bed.
And the coughing stopped entirely.
I'm pretty skeptical of many home remedies, but this is one that's worked for me pretty consistently. I'm thrilled it worked for her too. It sure made a difference on our energy levels the next day--not being awake all night thanks to that cough!