Dear Lis,
When winter kicks in, my nose starts to run and I wake up every morning with a sore throat.

Dear Jim,


That’s very common. The heat is on in the house, which dries you out while you’re sleeping. You go outside and the cold makes your nose run. Both of these things are hard on your vocal cords. You need to get more water into your system. Run a humidifier at night to get moisture in the air. You can also buy a small personal steamer for about $30. It looks like this. It’s available at any large drug store or on Amazon.


Lis Lewis is a vocal coach in Los Angeles. Her website has all the information a pop singer needs to further their career. Her clients include Rihanna, Courtney Love, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Jack Black, Jimmy Eat World, and the All-American Rejects.

Originally posted 2010-12-29 19:00:00.