Drooling while sleeping can be due to poor posture, illness and/or dental issues. While at rest, your entire body (including your mouth) relaxes. Your mouth opens during sleep not only for rest, but also because your body may need more oxygen. Drooling while sleeping is not really much of a problem unless it becomes excessive enough to disturb your quality of sleep. Such cases often lead to irritatingly wet pillowcases that you may wish to change during the night. Interestingly, drooling is something that millions of people do every night in their sleep.
While there is no cure for drooling in your sleep in the traditional sense, the following tips may prove helpful.
How to Stop Drooling While Sleeping
Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to stop drooling while sleeping. You can, however, try some of the following tips.
- Sleep on your back. Side-sleeping encourages your jaw to hang open. You may want to invest in an ergonomic pillow designed to support your head and neck to aid in sleeping on your back.
- Breathe through your nose. Most people drool while sleeping because they breathe through their mouths. Try to make a conscious effort to breathe through your nose. Schedule an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor if nasal problems stop you from doing so.
- Medication. Your doctor may prescribe tablets formulated to reduce the amount of saliva produced by your glands. These types of prescriptions, however, can cause dehydration and are typically for people who drool due to a medical condition.
- Unclog your sinuses. For many people, nasal allergies may be to blame. Schedule an appointment with an allergist for possible solutions to your constantly clogged nose, which may be because of an untreated allergy.
- Wrap your pillow in a towel or chamois. While it won’t solve your drooling problem, you could wrap your pillow in a super-absorbent towel or chamois so as not to wake up on a slimy pillow.
Disclaimer: These statements and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, and cure or prevent disease. Always consult your physician regarding any sleeping disorders.