It is possible to stop drooling at night, although we know that it is not easy. Remedies for this problem can range from changes in sleep-related behaviour to treatment of an underlying medical condition such as an allergy or sinusitis. The important thing is that if drooling during sleep persists you should visit your doctor because it may be a symptom of a disease. In this OneHowTo.com article we give you some tips on how to stop drooling during sleep.
Breathing through the nose.
Most people drool during sleep because they have a tendency to breathe through the mouth. During sleep, when you are unconscious, you do not have the same control over bodily functions and discharges which you have to take care of. For people who breathe through their mouths, it is normal that saliva dribbles out of the mouth as the movement of swallowing is not as controlled as when awake. If you breathe through your nose, with your mouth closed, saliva will stay in your mouth.
Visit your allergist or ear, nose and throat specialist.
In this way, you can determine whether sinusitis and/or nasal problems are causing you to breathe through the mouth and, therefore, is the reason why you drool in your sleep. If you are congested, try some natural remedies to relieve congestion before going to bed. If the nasal passages are chronically inflamed, a visit to the appropriate doctor may do wonders for swollen nasal passages and relieve sinus problems, allowing you to breathe easily and effortlessly through the nose.
Get used to sleeping on your back.
When you sleep on your back, it's harder to drool. Even with your mouth open in this position, salivary excretions stay in the mouth. You can try laying on your back immediately after getting into bed at night. Even if you prefer to sleep on your side, starting to sleep on your back will really help you to stop drooling while sleeping. Should you wake up in the middle of the night find yourself on your side or face down, immediately turn back onto your back. Over time, the body will get used to it and it will be easier to maintain that position. If you are known to snore, sleeping on your back may make the situation worse. Learn what sleeping positions are best for you in this article.
Visit the allergist.
If your nasal passages are blocked, a visit to a local allergies or ear, nose and throat specialist may be prudent to make sure you keep nostrils clean. This will not only prevent drooling during sleep, but also reduce susceptibility to colds and other respiratory conditions.
First of all: patience.
You have to be patient; stopping drooling during sleep is not something you can change overnight. You may find it useful to drink some herbal tea like chamomile to help you sleep and feel more relaxed. Check out our article on the best teas to help you fall asleep if you want to learn more.
This article is merely informative, OneHowTo does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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