If you drool while sleeping, you re probably familiar with drool stains on your pillow and having to wipe your mouth when you wake up. You also may have noticed that saliva leaks out mostly when you sleep on your sides and rarely when you sleep on your back. ThatБs because,
when you sleep on your back, saliva settles at the back of your throat and eventually drains down. There are different glands that contribute to the production of saliva. And the amount of saliva your body produces while youБre asleep is quite less than while youБre awake. In the resting state, the rate of secretion of saliva has been estimated to be 0. 3 to 1 mL/1. 7 m2/min. You donБt drool when youБre awake because you swallow up the saliva. But when youБre sleeping youБre relaxed and so are your facial muscles. Hence, whatever saliva the glands produce gets accumulated in your mouth, which then leaks out of the mouth because you donБt swallow it.
Coming to the clinical indications, drooling could be associated with the following seven mild to severe medical complications. 1. Improper Sleeping Position When you sleep on your side or your stomach, your mouth often opens as you relax, and saliva can dribble out. But when you sleep on your back, you naturally swallow during sleep, which prevents drooling. 2. Allergies Allergic rhinitis and certain food allergies cause over-production of saliva resulting in drooling. Read about six everyday things that can cause allergies. 3. Acidity or GERD Scientists believe that acid reflux episodes cause the gastric acid to stimulate the esophagus, as a result the esophagosalivary reflex gets excited leading to excessive saliva production. 4. Sinus infection Upper respiratory tract infections are usually associated with breathing and swallowing problems, which cause drooling due to accumulation of saliva.
Also, when your nasal passage is blocked due to flu, you tend to 1. Sleep position The first thing to try is to switch up your sleep position. By sleeping on your back, youБll be able to better control the flow of your saliva so that it doesnБt end up on your face or soaking your pillow. If youБre having trouble sleeping on your back, if might be because itБs harder for you to breathe when youБre in a new position. Take note of whether youБre feeling БstuffyБ or if you get acid reflux while youБre trying to sleep on your back. Simply paying attention to how you feel while youБre falling asleep might hold the key to figuring out if thereБs a deeper problem. 2. Home remedies ItБs important to maintain a healthy balance of saliva in your mouth. Saliva plays a vital role in protecting your body from infection, If youБre trying to drool less, you might want to bite on a lemon wedge.
Some people believe that citrus can thin out your saliva, making it less likely to pool. You might also consider, as staying hydrated will thin out the saliva you produce. 3. Mandibular device A mandibular device is an oral appliance. ItБs something you put in your mouth Б like a mouthguard Б to make you sleep more comfortably and cut down on drool and snoring. These devices are available for purchase online or in some specialty surgical supply stores. 4. CPAP machine If the drooling is an indication of sleep apnea, youБll need to seek treatment. The most recommended treatment for sleep apnea is something called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. A machine will not only help you get a deeper sleep, it will make sure that youБre positioned safely and breathing properly at night.
You may drool with your CPAP machine on; speak with a sleep apnea treatment specialist about how you can stop this from happening. 5. Botox injections Some people choose to take an aggressive approach to hypersalivation. One treatment is to inject into the saliva glands that surround your mouth. This keeps the glands from overproducing saliva. This treatment isnБt permanent, as eventually the Botox will wear off and your glands will become functional again. 6. Surgery There are cases in which a doctor recommends getting your saliva glands removed. People who need their saliva glands removed usually have that are far more serious than simply drooling in their sleep. These surgeries are generally successful at curbing hypersalivation, but people considering surgery for this symptom will be advised to try other treatments first.