Having a tickle in your throat can be very irritating and uncomfortable, especially when it happens at night when you are trying to sleep. It may seem that no matter what you try to do in order to relieve it, it just won’t go away.

When you have a cough along with a tickle in your throat, it is mostly caused by throat dryness, but it can also be present as a result of having a cold, post nasal drip, allergy or an infection that requires treatment. So how to get rid of a tickle in your throat at night effectively? Listed below are a number of simple remedies that can be completely done at home for instant relief.

How to Get Rid of a Tickle in Your Throat at Night


Drink Lemon and Honey Tea

Add a teaspoon of honey and the juice of a large lemon to a cup of warm water or tea. Sipping this drink slowly helps to soothe the throat and get rid of the tickle in throat cough.


Gargle with Sea Salt Water

Add sea salt to a glass of warm water and gargle. Gargling with sea salt water can relieve dryness and itching in the throat. If the tickle in your throat is because of an infection, this mixture will help reduce pain and inflammation due to the antiseptic properties found in sea salt.


Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water. This type of vinegar helps to treat throat infections and keeps your throat from being dry. Apple cider vinegar and water can be gargled to relieve a throat tickle. Adding cayenne pepper to the mixture can also provide relief of a tickle in the throat. You can add a bit of honey to sweeten its taste.


Drink Warm Water

Since a tickle in the throat is often caused by dryness, especially when it is accompanied by a cough, rehydrating with a drink of warm water can be very effective. Drinking lots of water can keep you hydrated and help to prevent a tickle and itching in your throat. Drinking a glass of warm water just before bed is a good and simple way to get rid of a tickle in your throat at night.


Drink Aloe Vera Juice

Add some aloe vera juice to warm water. Drinking or gargling this mixture can reduce inflammation of the airways, soothe a dry and scratchy throat, and also helps to treat bronchitis. 


Drink Ginger Tea

Drinking a cup of warm ginger tea before bed is an effective way to get rid of a tickle in your throat at night. Its soothing properties can also help relieve a cough.

Tips: Besides ginger tea, some herbal teas, such as peppermint, chamomile, sweet basil, and lemongrass can also help relieve a throat tickle. Try drinking herbal tea at least three times each day. 


Drink Milk

Drinking a glass of milk is a good way to hydrate your throat because of its thick consistency. Hydrating the throat can help reduce the tickling sensation, dryness, and irritation. To make it even more effective at night, try warming the milk, adding a bit of honey, and drinking it before going to bed.


Keep Your Head Elevated

Keeping your head elevated while in bed can reduce a tickle in your throat and cough at night. During the day, mucus and postnasal drip is swallowed. When you lie down, it tends to back up and cause throat irritation leading to a tickle in throat and cough. By keeping your head up while lying down, this backup can be avoided.


Keep Bedding Clean

Keeping your bedding clean reduces dust mites, which eat flakes of dead skin, and often cause allergies. Clean your bedding every week to keep them away. Wrapping your pillows and mattress in plastic during the day is also effective in reducing an allergic reaction due to dust mites.


Add Humidity into the Air

Since throat dryness often causes cough and a tickle in your throat, adding humidity to the air can help. Try taking a steamy bath or shower at bedtime or even just sitting in a steaming bathroom for a few minutes. Be careful if you have asthma because steam can cause your cough to worsen.

Humidifiers are also effective in adding moisture to a dry room, but it is important to be careful not to add too much. Mold and dust mites like damp air, so it is suggested that the humidity level should not exceed 40-50%. The humidity level in a room can be measured by a hygrometer. You can buy it in any hardware store.

When to See a Doctor

The above home remedies can work for most throat problems. But it is also advisable to consult a doctor if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • A tickle in the throat along with a high fever

  • A tickle in the throat for several days

  • Difficulty in swallowing

  • Having a throat surgery recently

  • Blood in saliva or phlegm

  • A sore throat and pain in the ears

  • Avoid eating hot, spicy, oily foods or something too sweet like milk chocolate before going to bed.
  • Eating some fruits like watermelon, orange, pear, apple is a good way to keep hydrated and can give an instant relief for a tickle in the throat.

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  • Claire jonesOct.25 05:34
    Nothing worked for me... it's late and I keep waking up my parents, I can't sleep and all I can think about is this horrible tickle I have in my throat
  • LOct.18 22:35
    As gross as it sounds, spitting into a tissue works best for me. I don't know why, because tickly throats are to do with no hydration. It's late and I want to sleep so bad so thanks for this! Didn't wanna go on my phone this late but it was my last choice, glad I did! The upright thing really helped!
  • Jeremy Aug.21 05:33
    I've had the tickle for over a month, I cough soo much I tore muscles in my ribcage. Literally none of these suggestions ever helped me. Mucinex dm works sometimes and apple cider vinegar helps occasionally. I have recently tried chest rubs, specifically Tiger Balm works for me, rub over the lungs and ribs in combination of shooting shots of honey apple cider vinegar and 12 hr Mucinex dm with an antihistamine like benadryl. To rely on so many drugs is embarrassing but the combination works for me and ONLY works IF taken in combination, not separately. Jeremy M
  • Robert BrandAug.19 17:18
    Glycerine (glycerol) is the most effective remedy by far, in my opinion. It's readily available from pharmacies. I take a teaspoon at night to relieve a persistent, dry tickle; my elderly mother finds it more effective mixed with an equal amount of water, leaving a small bottle of the mixture by her bed.
  • ArtJul.14 20:36
    I found that "Fishermans Friend" (throat lozenge) does the trick for me. I have them by my bedside when needed. Seems it takes about 5-15 minutes before the tickle wakes me wake. First, I take 4-5 gulps of water and sometimes I don't need a lozenge. If that doesn't work, Fisherman's Friend always works. Sleep well, to all.
  • AJul.6 03:54
    Who actually wraps their pillows in plastic during the day???!!!! Really?!
  • MieJun.30 20:52
    I find that putting a menthol rub like Vicks Vapor Rub on my throat instantly stops the tickle and the cough. I keep some next to my bed because it never fails that I'm already snug in bed when the tickle comes!
  • JosephJun.23 18:12
    My throat tikles when i breath,i have a tonsilitis on the past days
  • ArielleJun.22 07:40
    C.M. Have you seen an ENT and tried a proton pump inhibitor? I was coughing for literally 2 years and it turned out that it was caused by acid reflux. It was driving me insane and I felt like I was always choking on fluid. Finally, a new doctor suggested we try a PPI and it was gone within a few days. Worth asking your doctor about or going to a new doctor if your current one won't listen! I hope you get rid of it soon! :)
  • Dawn FletcherJun.3 11:42
    Please help me get rid of my irritating persistent ticky cough it's driving me insane can't sleep with it
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